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Former manager suggests Celtic and Rangers bid for six-figure player

Steven Pressley has suggested to The Glasgow Evening Times that Steven Gerrard’s Glasgow Rangers and Neil Lennon’s Celtic should make bids for Carlisle United defender Jarrad Branthwaite.

According to The News and Star, Rangers and Celtic are interested in signing Branthwaite from Carlisle in the January transfer window.

A recent report in The Daily Mail claimed that Everton had a bid for the 17-year-old defender turned down by Carlisle in League Two in England, who want £800,000 as transfer fee for him.

Pressley managed Branthwaite at Carlisle, and the former Rangers and Celtic central defender believes that the Old Firm duo should make bids for the teenager.

Pressley told The Glasgow Evening Times: “Since leaving Carlisle I’ve had numerous phone calls about him from English Premier League and Championship clubs. He is on the radar of so many clubs down south, so it’s no surprise to me that Celtic and Rangers would be looking at him too.

“I haven’t heard from either side of the Old Firm yet, but if you are asking me if I think they should act quickly to get him during this window, then I would say absolutely.”

One for the future

Branthwaite is only 17 years of age, and he is still developing and progressing as a footballer.

The defender is not the finished article yet, but he is certainly a star of the future, and Rangers and Celtic could make a bargain deal if they are able to secure his services of £800,000 in the January transfer window.

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