By Noel Whelan

19th Apr, 2020 | 12:02pm

Exclusive: Rangers & Celtic tipped to sign West Brom star after transfer admission

Noel Whelan admits he can see West Brom striker Charlie Austin joining either Celtic or Rangers when he leaves the Baggies.

The former Leeds and Aberdeen striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, believes the 30-year-old has plenty to offer the Glasgow giants and that they could offer him what he wants both on and off the pitch.

Speaking to the Open Goal Podcast, Austin admitted he would be open to moving to Celtic or Rangers if the opportunity arose after revealing interest from Parkhead in 2013.

Asked if he had ever had the chance to play in Scotland, Austin said: “Celtic when I was at Burnley. Neil Lennon did an interview on Sky Sports saying ‘he’s someone that we’re looking at’. I was on the phone to my agent saying, ‘look is this going to happen?’

“It’s something that I would have done. Nothing ever materialised after that and nothing has since. The Old Firm derby is the pull, isn’t it, to play in Scotland. If the opportunity came up, would I go? I think so yeah.”

Whelan admits that things have not gone to plan at the Hawthorns for Austin and that a move north of the border could still be on the cards.

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Asked if he could see the 30-year-old heading to either Glasgow giant when he leaves the Baggies, Whelan told Football Insider: “Yeah, I think so, he’s one of these players you’d look at, you’d get for the right money and I think he’s got that pedigree.

“It’s not working out for him right now at West Brom, there’s not enough game time there for him, I think everyone expected a little bit more. 

“I can definitely see players, later on in their careers where there’s still enough juice in the tank, to go to Rangers or a Celtic, absolutely. They’re the teams that could probably only give him the wages that he’d want.”

Austin has scored nine goals in 30 appearances for West Brom since joining last summer, although he has just 13 Championship starts under his belt.

In other Celtic and Rangers news, Whelan has been left stunned by the Hoops’ stance after the Gers’ stinging claims.