Rangers will please Ibrox fans if they can beat their Celtic rivals to the signing of Randers striker Stephen Odey, according to the reporter Pete O’Rourke.
While John Souttar will offer Gers boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst a new defensive option following his departure from Hearts, the Glasgow giants still need to strengthen in other areas of the pitch ahead of next campaign.
What’s the latest news about Odey?
According to All Nigeria Soccer, Rangers and Celtic are considering whether to make a summer move for Odey.
The report suggests Randers is demanding a fee worth around £3.5m for the one-cap Nigerian international and van Bronckhorst’s charges are of more practical interest than their cross-city rivals.
In an interview with Danish outlet Bold, Randers’ sporting director Soren Pedersen failed to quell rumors that Old Firm sides would be running in circles and admitted a move was possible as long as a A tariff suitable for all parties could be agreed.
Sporting director Ross Wilson appears to be leading Rangers’ charge for the signing of Odey, as it is understood he has held preliminary talks over the frontman.
Odey originally joined Randers on loan before last season but a permanent switch was approved last November thanks to impressive form.
What did Pete O’Rourke say about Odey?
O’Rourke believes Rangers will give themselves a major boost by beating Celtic on Odey’s services.
The journalist also thinks that earning bragging rights from his neighbors would please his supporters.
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O’Rourke told GIVEMESPORT: “It will always go down well with the fans, I think, if Rangers were able to beat Celtic to a potential transfer target.
“They have obviously done their homework on this player and it looks like Rangers and Celtic are interested in him.
“I think if Rangers won the race it would give them a boost heading into the new season.”
Why is Odey of interest to Rangers?
Odey has enjoyed a productive 2021/22 campaign, registering 14 goals and two assists in 33 appearances.
It means the 24-year-old has now found the back of the net 37 times at the start of his senior club career, so he would add some firepower to van Bronckhorst’s ranks.
Odey could also prove to be a wise addition as doubts persist over the future of Alfredo Morelos, who has 12 months left on his Ibrox contract.
According to Spanish sources, Aston Villa and Sevilla are considering whether to travel to Glasgow with an offer that would test Rangers’ resolve.
Exiting Morelos would leave van Bronckhorst with Kemar Roofe and Fashion Sakala as his only centre-forward options, so Odey’s arrival could pay off.