Glasgow Rangers sporting director Ross Wilson must sanction a January swoop for Peterborough United winger Siriki Dembele amid reports their arch-rivals Celtic are also interested in signing the older brother of Bhoys youngster Karamoko Dembele.
According to the Peterborough Telegraph, the Peterborough versatile forward is of interest to Rangers despite the fact that the Posh are under no pressure to sell as he still has 18 months left on his current contract at London Road.
Scottish Premiership rivals Celtic, Premier League duo Fulham and Newcastle United and Championship club Stoke City are also keen on landing the diminutive 5 ft 6 in speedster.
The 24-year-old has been in fine form for the Posh, providing six goals and four assists in 20 appearances, via WhoScored, although his form has somewhat tailed off in recent weeks.
With Brandon Barker and Jordan Jones seemingly destined for the Ibrox exit and Ryan Kent linked with a move away from the 54-time Scottish champions, Steven Gerrard could soon face a shortage of wide options on the left wing.
It feels like we’ve been here before though, doesn’t it? Rangers interested in a Posh forward – where have we heard that one before?
The Gers were keen on landing former Peterborough striker Ivan Toney in the summer, only for the 24-year-old to end up at Brentford in the end instead.
But Wilson would be wise to sanction a move for Dembele as not only would he be able to provide cover for Kent, he’d also offer an alternative threat in attack as well.
Peterborough owner Darragh MacAnthony has described him as “the best player in League One”, which is high praise indeed, while his manager Darren Ferguson, the son of former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, was effusive in his praise for the “destructive” player after an impressive run of form last season.
These aren’t just your average Joes, these are people who are involved at a decent level of the game who are genuinely in awe of Dembele.
You only need to look at the numbers to know how good he is – five goals and four assists in the Championship so far this season, while he is averaging 2.1 shots, 1.8 key passes and 3.3 dribbles per game, via WhoScored.
This kind of attacking prowess would be most welcome at the Govan-based Glaswegian giants and to be able to sign a versatile forward who is equally capable of playing second-fiddle to Kent and challenging him for a place in the starting line-up would be a shrewd bit of business.
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