Montpellier president claims Rangers are rivalling Celtic for Anthony Mounier's signature

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Montpellier president Louis Nicollin claims Rangers are interested in signing Celtic target Anthony Mounier.

Montpellier president Louis Nicollin has told Maxifoot that Rangers are pursuing Anthony Mounier - who is a reported target for rivals Celtic.

Mounier, 27, primarily plays as a left winger and has racked up nine goals and seven assists for French side Montpellier this season in an impressive campaign.

With his contract set to expire in a year's time, Mounier could be in demand during the summer transfer window - and a move to Scotland could be a possibility.

The Sun recently reported that Celtic boss Ronny Deila was interested in a cut-price deal to sign Mounier as he bids to improve his squad ahead of the Champions League qualifiers this summer.

However, it seems that Celtic aren't the only Scottish side trying to sign the former Lyon wide man, as Montpellier president Nicollin has bizarrely claimed that Rangers are also in the race for Mounier's signature.

"I think we can sell 2 or 3 million (euros)," said Nicollin. "My son has dealt with one or two clubs. There is Olympiakos then, Rangers and another Scottish club," he added.

Now, unless Dave King is ready to pump millions into the Rangers squad this season, then the notion of Mounier moving to Ibrox seems utterly far-fetched.

Sunday's 3-0 defeat at Motherwell in the play-off final second leg means Rangers not only lost 6-1 on aggregate but now face another season in the Scottish Championship, weakening their appeal in the transfer market this summer compared to if they had won promotion.

With Champions League football potentially on offer from a number of clubs, it's virtually inconceivable that Mounier would end up at Rangers - but Nicollin claims Rangers are in the running, possibly to try and drive a price up with Celtic as we draw ever closer to the transfer window re-opening.

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