The power has started to shift from one side of Glasgow to the other as Rangers sit top of the Scottish Premiership with a 13-point gap between them and second-placed Celtic.
Steven Gerrard’s side cruised to a comfortable 2-0 victory over their arch rivals in the first Old Firm derby of the season and sporting director Ross Wilson could deal another huge blow to Neil Lennon in the transfer window.
According to The Daily Mail, as quoted by The Sun, Rangers are among a group of clubs interested in signing out-of-contract Queens Park Rangers sensation Bright Osayi-Samuel as Lennon has made him a ‘priority signing.’
It’s claimed Rangers, Crystal Palace and Club Brugge are keeping close tabs on his situation after the right-winger was linked with a move to Ibrox last summer.
The 22-year-old’s contract will run out in June, which means that Ross Wilson could land himself one of the bargains of the winter transfer market in the QPR star, as he could sign a pre-contract deal with the club before joining the Glaswegian giants in the summer.
An injury crisis could quickly cause problems on the left-wing, so the Ibrox boss will need to sign a player who will not only be able to provide cover and competition for the ever-reliable Ryan Kent but someone who will add an alternative in attack.
Therefore, Wilson must strike while the iron is hot to sign a like-for-like replacement and in doing so, he could hit Celtic where it hurts the most.
In 16 appearances in the English Championship so far this season, Osayi-Samuel has scored two goals and supplied three assists, whilst he is averaging 1.3 shots, 1.3 key passes and 3 dribbles per game, via WhoScored.
By comparison, Barker hasn’t even managed one key pass and one dribble on average per game in the Scottish Premiership this season, as per WhoScored.
Former Rangers and current QPR manager Mark Warburton has heaped praise on his young charge, calling him a “constant threat“, whilst Robins boss Dean Holden admitted his side had no answers for the “outstanding” dynamo after he caused Bristol City all sorts of problems at the start of the month.
Wilson simply must do everything in his power to ensure that Osayi-Samuel is lining up in the light blue rather than the green and white hoops in the near future.
AND in other news, Glasgow Rangers must reward Glen Kamara with a new contract…