By Richard Parks
Celtic and Rangers are locked in a two-bay battle to sign Sunderland central midfielder Ethan Robson for a bargain fee, according to a report.
The Scottish Sun claim the Glasgow giants are both closely monitoring developments with the 21-year-old as they eye a cut-price signing when his contract expires in the summer.
It is said that Robson is valued at around the £2million price but can be prised from the Stadium of Light in a few months’ time for just £150,000 in training compensation.
Robson has made six Sunderland first-team appearances, including league starts against Birmingham and Hull in January, after graduating through the club’s ranks and captaining the Under-23s.
But he has not agreed a new contract committing his future to the club, sparking interest in other clubs taking him this summer.
Football Insider verdict:
Rangers were the busier of the two giants in January but Saturday’s results showed both teams still need improving, whether through the transfer market or coaching on the training ground. Celtic have the greater resources, but Rangers can offer a quicker pathway to the first team. Robson is a player of great potential who is at an age when he needs to be playing regularly. He has showed in recent starts that he can cut it in the English second tier, and could be a great capture for either of the Scottish big hitters.
In other Rangers transfer news, it can be revealed that a key first teamer has sensationally asked to leave after the board failed to stick to their promise of giving him a new deal during the transfer window.