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Rangers: Beale could land first transfer masterstroke with Jobe Bellingham

Glasgow Rangers have been linked with a move for Jobe Bellingham in recent times, although the Ibrox outfit are likely to face competition for the teenager’s signature.

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A report from TEAMtalk last week named the Old Firm giants as one of the clubs who are interested in the 17-year-old, with the midfield having just 18 months remaining on his existing deal at St Andrew’s.

The piece does also suggest, however, that the likes of Newcastle United and Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund are also firmly in the mix for the emerging Birmingham City prodigy, while Liverpool have also previously been mooted as a possible suitor.

Transfer insider Dean Jones – speaking to GIVEMESPORT – has now provided his verdict on that interest from the Light Blues, with the journalist stating that there would be no harm in making an approach for the Englishman, even if he may be on course to join his brother Jude in Germany.

The respected source stated: “It’s worth a try. I would be surprised if this is the path that Jobe takes, but he obviously has a lot to consider right now.

“And that includes following Jude Bellingham’s path and going to Borussia Dortmund because from what I hear, that is a genuine consideration right now.”

Beale’s first masterstroke

New boss Michael Beale has enjoyed a winning return to Glasgow since his appointment last month, with the former Gers assistant having recorded two wins from his opening two games to somewhat lift the doom and gloom surrounding the club following the dismal end to Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s time in charge.

The former Queens Park Rangers head coach won’t be getting ahead of himself despite that positive start to life in the dugout, however, with the likelihood being that the 42-year-old will have money to spend in the January window in order to bolster his charges.

The Bromley-born ace could well pull off the first transfer masterstroke of his tenure by bringing the aforementioned Bellingham to Scotland, with the highly-coveted figure already making waves south of the border.

Currently following in the footsteps of his brother – who racked up 44 appearances for Birmingham before departing for Germany at the age of just 17 – the promising talent has already made 13 outings in all competitions so far this term at first-team level, notably earning his first start against Sunderland last month.

Although the teen ace has only made a fleeting impression in the senior ranks so far, the signs are already there that he could well be a star of the future, having notably earned praise from manager John Eustace, who stated:

“Jobe is very level-headed, he gets his head down and he works hard. Jobe is an individual who has had a fantastic season until now. We’ve given him lots of minutes and he is developing really well. Obviously we gave him his first start in the league against Sunderland which was a good experience for him.

“Everyone is very proud of Jobe and the way he is getting on with his business. He has only just turned 17 so he is still such a young lad. But even though he’s 17, the way he is handling everything on the training field and off the field is a credit to himself.”

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Also lauded as “technically very, very good” by Eustace, young Bellingham is likely a player whom Beale would relish the chance to nurture and develop, with it set to be a masterstroke if he can fend off the competition and get a deal wrapped up in 2023.