Reports this morning claim Celtic are in pole position to nab two of Rangers’ big January transfer targets, targets which would definitely be an enhancement to Rangers’ squad.
We discussed in a previous entry how Rangers were in danger of missing out of all four big January targets (Walker and McLean) but this morning Celtic appear to have stepped up their interest in St Mirren’s Lewis Morgan and Motherwell’s Louis Moult.
Both were significantly on ex-manager Pedro Caixinha’s radar, and the speculation surrounding them has remained firm, but with Celtic having the financial muscle and Champions League qualifiers (and possibly group stage) to boast of, Rangers will have their work cut out to convince either of them to switch to Govan instead.
Naturally any negotiations have the carrot of a much stronger chance of first team football at Ibrox than at Parkhead, plus likely entrance to Europa League qualifiers, but equally Rangers do not have a manager in place to give a prospective player their vision for the future, which is usually standard practise in player transfers.
Hopefully Rangers have someone in place by early January so that players like Moult and Morgan can be persuaded by them, otherwise there is a very real possibility these two may be seduced by Celtic’s position instead.