Former Rangers full-back, Alan Hutton believes that the potential signing of Tyrese Campbell would be “brilliant” if the Ibrox club can pull it off.
Speaking to Football Insider, Hutton praises the way that the Gers have gone about their business recently and the opportunity that Campbell would have if he decides to make the move.
So what has Hutton said?
When asked about the potential move for the Stoke City youngster, Hutton said:
“It’s brilliant, it’s a part of the market they’re taking advantage of, if another English club were to try and get him it would probably cost them a couple of million”.
“For Rangers, they’ve been very shrewd to find these players who are coming up and doing unbelievably well. He’s a boy that will probably look at the likes of Aribo, how well he’s done and fancy a shot at that”.
“Playing football, it’ll be difficult to break in, the Rangers front line is very strong so he’ll have to work hard to get in but I think he would see it as a great opportunity to play in front of 50,000 and in Europe”.
So is Hutton correct?
When you consider that Celtic have just paid £3.5m for a striker with less experience in – arguably – a league of lesser quality, if Rangers can acquire Campbell for just £400k, as reported by Sky Sports, it would be a great bit of business.
As Hutton says, an English club would probably have to pay upwards of £2m, Stoke City signed him for £1.75m from Manchester City as a teenager, even then it is only because of his contract status that he would be available so cheaply. Dominic Solanke is the most recent, and extreme, example of just how much English clubs will pay for players, from their own country, with the potential to score goals.
Sporting director, Ross Wilson, will know the English market well having held a similar position at Southampton for several years with the south coast side operating on a relatively tight budget, in Premier League terms anyway, and would have been aware of Campbell long before he returned to Scotland.
Is Tyrese Campbell the sort of striker Rangers should be looking to sign?
Rangers will hope that England legend, Steven Gerrard, will once again prove to be a crucial factor in a player’s decision making and that the opportunity to train and learn from one of the country’s finest finishers in Jermain Defoe is too good an opportunity for Campbell to turn down.