'He spoke to Rangers' - Campbell reveals how close son Tyrese came to stunning Ibrox move
Kevin Campbell has revealed Rangers held talks about signing his striker son Tyrese Campbell earlier this year.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, our brilliant new columnist gave some fresh insight into the Glasgow giants’ pursuit of the Stoke City hotshot.
Rangers were among multiple clubs keen on prising the forward, 20, from the Championship big hitters in January, when he had entered the final six months of his Stoke contract.
As revealed by Football Insider at the time, the Ibrox club tried to tie Campbell down to a pre-contract agreement and offered him a lucrative deal.
But the prolific youngster was persuaded to stay on at the Bet365 Stadium by Michael O’Neill and signed a new four-and-a-half year deal at the end of January.
“I know that there were talks with Rangers because he could talk to them,” former Arsenal and Everton striker Campbell told Football Insider. “I believe that he spoke to Rangers but he felt that at this time in his career and his development the best place was Stoke.
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“That was because of Michael O’Neill. It was not the right time for him.
“Rangers are a huge club and he has earned that interest. You do not get linked with those sort of clubs if you cannot do it.
“It was flattering, of course it was but it was the realisation of the level he was at. When you are at that level you need to be consistent because everyone is watching you.
“People are always watching him and that is what I told him. He is only 20 and a left-footer.
“Those lefty strikers, who know where the goal is and has a bit of ability about them are watched by many because they are rare.”
Campbell has begun this season in fine style, with his 10 matches for Stoke yielding three goals and four assists.