Stoke City are opening contract talks with striker Tyrese Campbell to fend off interest from Celtic and Rangers this month, Football Insider has learned.
The two Glasgow giants signalled their interest last month in England Under-20 forward amid major doubts over his future at the English Championship club.
A Stoke source has told Football Insider that the club are imminently to begin discussions with Campbell in an attempt to secure him to a new contract.
His current deal expires at the end of the season and the second-tier outfit are vulnerable to losing him this month.
Campbell has emerged on to the radar of Celtic and Rangers as he is a rising star who can be taken to Scotland for a bargain cross-border fee.
Steven Gerrard’s side were successful in beating their bitter rivals, as well as multiple clubs across England and Europe, when they recruited Joe Aribo last summer in a similar way as his Charlton Athletic contract expired.
Stoke are aware of the strong interest north of the border in Campbell, who they recognise could leave this month rather than wait until he is a free agent in July.
He was on the fringes of their team for most of the opening half of the campaign, but has seized his chance spectacularly over the festive period.
Campbell scored twice in his side’s 5-2 New Year’s Day mauling of Huddersfield after netting as a substitute in the 3-2 Boxing Day triumph over Sheffield Wednesday.
He has four goals from 16 games for Stoke this season after scoring five times from 15 matches while at Shrewsbury Town last campaign.
One advantage Rangers and Celtic have over English clubs is they can take advantage of cross-border rules by paying a maximum of £300,000 of compensation to Stoke next summer.
In other Celtic news, it can be REVEALED that Brendan Rodgers is ready to blow his former club out of the water to sign player this month.