Rangers suffer double blow in pursuit of striker sensation amid new Tottenham interest
By Alex Stevens
Rangers have been hit by a double blow in their pursuit of Livingston striker sensation Matthew Knox.
Manager Mark Warburton has admitted the Scottish giants are locked in talks with their fellow Championship club about a deal that would mean Knox moving to Ibrox in the summer.
But Livingston boss David Hopkin has revealed he is “fighting tooth and nail” to keep the 16-year-old.
A source close to the situation has told Football Insider that Tottenham are also interested in landing the youngster, who has already had a trial with the London giants.
Knox made his full Livingstone debut in Tuesday night’s shock 1-0 win over Rangers and Warburton subsequently confirmed that negotiations are under way.
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“Matthew is a talented young player, there’s talks going on obviously,” the Rangers manager said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun. “As a club we have to make sure we get the best young talents and bring them in. We have to look to get the best possible player available throughout the age groups.”
Knox has also made six substitute appearances for David Hopkin’s side and became the youngest player to make a competitive appearance for the West Lothian side.
The 16-year-old had a trial at Manchester United during the January window after previously undergoing trials at Liverpool, Tottenham and Everton.
Manchester City and Chelsea are also tracking the the player’s progress but former Scotland international David Hopkin wants to keep his starlet for another two years.
“I am fighting tooth and nail with the board, and I think they are going to back me, to keep him,” Hopkin told the Scottish Sun. “He is a phenomenal talent and there are a lot of clubs interested in him.
“I want to keep him for an extra year or two years and develop him myself because I think he is going to be something special.
“He has only turned 16 and he came out and put in a performance like that against the top team in the Championship and probably one of the top teams in Scotland.
“He didn’t look out of place and it is great credit to the kid.”
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