Old Firm duo keen on Bournemouth's O'Kane

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HITC Sport understands Celtic, Rangers and Aston Villa are on alert over Bournemouth midfielder.

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Bournemouth are willing to listen to offers for midfielder Eunan O'Kane, with Celtic, Rangers and Aston Villa weighing up moves for the player, HITC Sport understands from sources close to the club.

O'Kane, who has been at Bournemouth since 2012, is entering the final year of his contract at Dean Court and the club are understood to be open to offers for the former Everton youngster.

The 25-year-old struggled to nail down a regular starting spot in Eddie Howe's side this season in their first campaign back in the Premier League.

The midfield schemer made only six starts in the Premier League this season with most of his other appearances either coming off the bench or in cup competitions.

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O'Kane could be forced to play a back-up role again next season with Howe expected to be busy in this summer's transfer window as he looks to bolster his squad.

O'Kane, who is hoping to make Martin O'Neill's Republic of Ireland squad for next month's Euro 2016 finals, is keen to be playing on a regular basis at this stage of his career.

News of O'Kane's possible availability has alerted a number of clubs in England and Scotland who are looking to improve their midfield options this summer.

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Old Firm duo Celtic and Rangers are understood to be keen on O'Kane, while relegated Aston Villa see the midfielder as someone who can help boost their bid for automatic promotion back to the Premier League at the first time of asking.

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