Date: 5th July 2019 at 10:00am
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EXCLUSIVE

Darren Bent has revealed he would have been keen to move to Scotland by joining either Celtic or Rangers during his glittering playing career.

The 35-year-old former England international, who is set to announce his retirement from football after 17 years at the top level, has admitted in an exclusive interview with Football Insider there was interest from north of the border but the timing was never right.

Bent was linked with a move to Rangers when Steven Gerrard took over last summer but a deal did not materialise.

Asked by Football Insider if he was ever tempted by a move to Ibrox, Bent said: “Yeah, if the phone had rang I would have been tempted to go: ‘Okay, I quite like this.’

“To be fair I would have given it a go because they’re a massive football club but it’s intriguing to watch now that gap has been closed between Rangers and Celtic.

“Celtic won it again last season but I think again this season is going to be a lot closer.”

Bent was released by Derby in the summer of 2018, which effectively brought down the curtain on an outstanding career that featured 12 England caps and prolific spells at the likes of Ipswich Town, Charlton, Spurs, Sunderland and Aston Villa.

His last senior football came on loan at Burton Albion in the Championship in the second half of the 2017-18 season.

Bent was similarly effusive about the prospect of wearing the green-and-white jersey of Glasgow’s other famous side.

“Either one (Rangers or Celtic) to be fair at some stage, but it never came round at the right time,” he added to Football Insider. “They are two world famous football clubs, great traditions, I always watch the derbies, always good games and it’s a game I would have loved to have played in.

“As a neutral it will be fascinating to watch next season.”

In other Rangers news, it can be REVEALED that the club are  in pole position to sign a player tipped to ‘be worth £20million next year’.