Stoke City striker Tyrese Campbell did hold discussions about a move to Rangers earlier this year, his father has confirmed.
The 20-year-old was set to be out of contract at the end of last season, and he was free to talk to other clubs about a potential move. At the time, the Light Blues, Old Firm rivals Celtic, Wolves and Crystal Palace were all keen on signing the player. However, despite being flattered by the interest being shown in him, the forward opted to stay and signed a new deal at the Bet365 Stadium. Kevin Campbell says Potters boss Michael O’Neill played a key role in keeping his son at the English Championship club:
“I know that there were talks with Rangers because he could talk to them. I believe that he spoke to Rangers but felt that at this time in his career and development, the best place was Stoke. That was because of Michael O’Neill. It was not the right time for him. Rangers are a huge club and he has earned that interest. You do not get linked with those sort of clubs if you cannot do it.”
Although it would have been a coup to get such a talented young player for a nominal fee, manager Steven Gerrard would still have been happy with the recruits he made upfront.
Both Kemar Roofe and Cedric Itten have impressed since arriving in the summer, and they should give the Gers the added firepower they need to help win title number 55.