By Russell Edge

24th Apr, 2018 | 9:00am

Celtic must break Rangers hearts with bargain swoop for 'tremendous' midfield talent


When it comes to this summer’s transfer activity, Celtic know that they will hold the edge over Rangers thanks to their financial power.

The Hoops are significantly ahead of their fierce rivals when it comes to the money in their pocket, although the likes of Dermot Desmond and Peter Lawwell have been reluctant to dip their hands too deep when it comes to reinforcing the side.

From their point of view, they do not need to; with another domestic treble on its way and the club a regular in the Champions League group stage, they are succeeding at the level they are expected to, and there is unlikely to be any progress in Europe without significant spending.

Rangers simply cannot match the spending of the Bhoys and with a lack of transfer funds, are required to try and find bargain deals which will help close the gap at the top of the Premiership for a reasonable price tag.

However, the Gers may just have stumbled on a star who Celtic should also be eyeing up.

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The Daily Mail have claimed that the Light Blues are keen on taking Burnley’s Scott Arfield to Ibrox on a free transfer this summer, with his former boss Lee Clark saying he is a “tremendous footballer” and that he would be an “outstanding signing” for Graeme Murty’s men.

Now, while he might not be outstanding in terms of Brendan Rodgers’ squad, he is more than good enough to be a first team star for the Hoops – and with the bargain of a free, fits right into Lawwell and Desmond’s price bracket.

His versatility, able to play anywhere across the midfield, would make him a valuable asset and his vast experience of the Premier League could help the Bhoys push on in Europe – especially considering Burnley’s surprise success this season – and that makes at least trying for his signing a must.

Celtic joining the hunt would sideswipe Rangers, with there no chance they could offer the same wages – and there is little more that Hoops fans like to see more than their club breaking the hearts of their fierce rivals.

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