By Danny Wright

1st Apr, 2018 | 7:59am

Rangers and Celtic face summer transfer scrap over midfielder tearing up top-flight - report

Rangers and Celtic are facing a summer transfer scrap with each other to sign Kilmarnock midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu, according to a report.

The Daily Mail claims that Aberdeen and Hibernian are also interested in signing Mulumbu, 31, after Killie manager Steve Clarke admitted that it will be hard to make him stay at Rugby Park once his contract expires at the end of the season.

Mulumbu has been tearing up the Scottish top-flight ever since signing for Kilmarnock, putting in man of the match displays against both Rangers and Celtic and scoring the winning goal against Brendan Rodgers’ side in February.

It is understood that the former DR Congo international will also attract attention from south of the border when his contract expires.

He has made 14 appearances in all competitions since signing for Killie, scoring one goal and supplying four assists.

They have lost just on league game with Mulumbu on the pitch since he arrived in Ayrshire to link up with his former West Brom manager in November.

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Football Insider verdict

Rangers are facing the prospect of an overhaul in the summer so director of football Mark Allen needs to start keeping an eye on players sooner rather than later. Sean Goss seems like someone who will not have his loan deal made permanent while Greg Docherty, Ryan Jack and Graham Dorrans are perhaps the only central midfielders worth keeping around. Mulumbu will be a great addition to that trio but he would also be useful in adding a lot of depth at Celtic. Kilmarnock did so well to sign Mulumbu and it is really not a surprise at all to see the top two Scottish Premiership sides going after him.

In other Rangers news, an outspoken BBC pundit has slammed this Gers player after the draw with Motherwell, claiming he was “unbelievably bad”.

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