Celtic and Rangers race to sign Burnley sensation Jack McEvilly

By Pete O'Rourke, Transfer Correspondent

1st Apr, 2023 | 1:15pm

Sources: Celtic and Rangers race to sign Burnley sensation Jack McEvilly

Celtic and Rangers are tracking Burnley teenage sensation Jack McEvilly, sources have told Football Insider.

The 6ft 4in left-sided centre-back is regarded as one the best young prospects in the country having already played for Burnley’s Under-21 side at the age of 16.

Celtic and Rangers have made regular checks on McEvilly this season and have registered their interest in a potential deal.

But the Glasgow giants face competition for the young defender from the elite Premier League sides including  Newcastle, Man United, Everton, Crystal Palace and Brighton.

McEvilly is the son of former Bradford, Rochdale and Accrington striker Lee McEvilly.

Celtic are hoping to continue the production line of talent from their esteemed academy – with recent graduates including Kieran Tierney, Anthony Ralston and Jack Hendry.

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The Hoops have also produced the likes of Armstrong Oko-Flex and Ben Doak, who have moved on and made appearances for Premier League sides West Ham and Liverpool respectively.

Football Insider revealed on Thursday (30 March) that Celtic are among the clubs plotting a summer offer for young Man City centre-back Freddie Anderson.

Meanwhile, Rangers are looking to add to their recent crop of promising starlets – with Leon King, Adam Devine and Alex Lowry all recently breaking into the first-team at Ibrox.

Sources told this site on Saturday (1 April) that Rangers and Leeds United are set to go head-to-head to sign highly-rated Hamilton Academical youngster Josh McDonald.

Man City centre-back sensation Marley Leuluai has headed to Rangers for a trial over the past week.

The recruitment drive comes as both Glasgow sides seek to become competitive forces in Europe once again.

Celtic and Rangers both qualified for the Champions League group stage for the first time in 15 years this season.

The Hoops lead their bitter rivals by nine points in the race for the Scottish Premiership title.

In other news, Football Insider updates as Premier League side agree fee for Celtic man.