Rangers will have their very own Dembele if they snap up one of these two emerging stars
COMMENT By Matt Farr
Rivalries in football are what keeps the game alive. Often the most memorable moments in a football season come from clashes between rivals, whether it be the English Premier League, La Liga or Serie A.
But one of football’s greatest rivalries, and most anticipated events is not El Clasico (Real Madrid v Barcelona) or Derby Capitolino (Lazio v Roma). It is the Old Firm, a meeting between two Scottish giants, Celtic and Rangers.
The rivalry dates back to 1888, and the two have met over 400 times in all competitions – with Rangers winning 159 matches against Celtic’s 147.
However, courtesy of Rangers’ financial issues and liquidation in 2012, Celtic have had the upper hand in the Scottish Premiership for several years.
Rangers’ return to the top-flight rekindled Scotland’s love for the Old Firm derby, and Mark Warburton’s side are seeking to go head-to-head with Celtic once more.
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One way Warburton is looking to rival Celtic is in the transfer market. Celtic’s Brendan Rodgers acquired an absolute gem in the summer in signing Moussa Dembele, and the 20-year-old has since scored 17 goals in 29 games.
But, Rangers can bag themselves a star young striker of their own if they look at either Aston Villa’s Rushian Hepburn-Murphy, or Hibernian’s Jason Cummings.
Hepburn-Murphy has five goals in nine appearances for Aston Villa’s U23 side, but the 18-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season.
He could be available to sign in January, as talks over a new contract continue to stall, and he would relish the prospect of more first-team football in Scotland.
A littler closer to home is Jason Cummings. The Hibernian man has scored eight league goals this season from 12 appearances, so is already showing a keen eye for goal, despite being just 21.
Hibernian are currently top of the Scottish Championship, but Cummings would not turn down a move to Scotland’s top-flight should Rangers come knocking.
Kenny Miller is Rangers’ current top goalscorer with four goals, so Mark Warburton’s side could do with a little more firepower.
Cummings or Hepburn-Murphy could become Rangers’ Dembele
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