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Celtic and Rangers in four-horse race to sign award-winning midfielder - report

By Harvey Byrne

Celtic and Rangers are monitoring Barnsley midfielder Conor Hourihane, according to a report.

The Irish Sun claims that the two fierce Scottish rivals are watching the 25-year-old central midfielder, alongside Championship sides Wigan and Aston Villa.

Hourihane was named as the Championship player of the month for August after starring in five league fixtures and scoring one goal and assists three in the first month of the new campaign.

He has played a key role in helping his newly promoted Barnsley side reach the heights of third place after six matches, picking up 12 points in the early stages of the new campaign.

Celtic only added 18-year-old Kristoffer Ajer to the centre of their midfield this summer and they could be looking to add more competition to current first team duo James Forrest and Nir Bitton.

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Meanwhile, Rangers added a plethora of midfielders to their side with Josh Windass, Matt Crooks, Jordan Rossiter, Joey Barton and Niko Kranjcar all moving to Ibrox.

However, with Barton and Kranjcar both in their 30s, Mark Warburton may be looking to add younger options to his midfield.

The two rivals met each other on the pitch on Saturday with Celtic running away with an emphatic 5-1 victory.

In other Celtic transfer news, Charlie Adam has claimed that the Old Firm duo can’t compete with Premier League clubs, unless a drastic change is made.