Rangers may be about to beat Celtic in their bid to sign Bayern Munich centre-back Thomas Isherwood after it was reported that he was heading to Glasgow for a trial with the Light Blues.
The Daily Record has reported that that the 20-year-old’s deal at the Allianz Arena is due to run out in a matter of weeks and he is now training with the Gers ahead of potentially agreeing a deal with them.
Isherwood is a top talent and to have him in the team next season would be a major boost for Rangers, who look set to have Steven Gerrard as their next manager.
It has been widely reported that the Liverpool legend will be appointed in charge of the Glasgow club on Friday after successful talks on Thursday.
Although Gerrard has no managerial experience, one of the main factors that he will provide at Ibrox is the ability to draw in others, as they will surely jump at the chance to work with one of the best midfielders in recent times.
Football Insider had exclusively revealed that Celtic were lining up a summer move for Isherwood – but now it seems that Brendan Rodgers has missed out on the Swedish centre-back, and that could be down to Gerrard’s pull.
Celtic will have the money, Champions League football and the silverware, and for a strong centre-back like Isherwood, he may even have had a chance of breaking into the first team given how poor the Bhoys defence has been in the last year.
With the 6ft 4in colossus being available on a free transfer, Celtic wouldn’t have been put off by the financial aspect of a potential deal, so it seems that the Gerrard effect may actually already be taking place.