Alan Brazil comments on Celtic v Rangers transfer battle, makes predictions about both

Burnley's Joey Barton

Alan Brazil thinks Celtic will sign one big-name player this summer.

Burnley's Joey BartonFormer Burnley star and new Rangers signing Joey Barton

Glasgow-born pundit and former player Alan Brazil has told The Sunday Post that he thinks Celtic and Rangers are trying to one-up each other with their summer additions.

Rangers' promotion back to the Scottish Premiership was always going to create a stir in Scotland, and it's already been an action-packed return.

The Gers have made two big summer signings, landing Liverpool teenager Jordan Rossiter before their major capture - former England international Joey Barton.

The impact of highly-rated recruitment chief Frank McParland has been vital, and more signing - possibly former Premier League star Niko Kranjcar - could add even more quality to the Rangers side as they look to challenge Celtic in the top flight.

Yet, whilst Rangers were celebrating those two signings, Celtic went and made an arguably bigger move - appointing Brendan Rodgers as their new manager.

The former Liverpool man arrives with a huge reputation having almost won the Premier League title back in 2014, and Celtic fans are understandably excited about him replacing Ronny Deila as Bhoys manager.

New Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers is presented to the fans after the press conference

Now, Glasgow-born pundit and former Scotland international Alan Brazil has been given his thoughts on the rivalry to The Sunday Post, suggesting that whilst their battles on the pitch are fascinating, it's also interesting to see them try to one-up each other off the pitch.

Brazil also predicts that Rangers' head of recruitment McParland will have more players in his sights this summer, and additionally predicted that Celtic will land one big-name signing to go alongside new manager Rodgers.

"When Celtic and Rangers do battle on the pitch, everybody stops to watch," said Brazil. "Far fewer take notice when a tussle takes place behind the scenes. But the scrap that is happening right now proves the return of the Old Firm is breathing new life into Scottish football. In one corner, it’s Celtic and Brendan Rodgers. In the other, Rangers and Frank McParland."

"The Gers won first blood when they plucked teenage midfielder Jordan Rossiter from the Reds’ academy on a permanent deal. But before Rangers’ head of recruitment McParland could even begin to enjoy the moment, along came Rodgers and the plot thickened. As far as one-upmanship goes, that’s a beezer – and Hoops fans will be loving it."

"But I reckon McParland still has a few aces stashed up his sleeve, and he’ll play them before long. Signing Joey Barton was a huge coup for the Gers – a real statement of intent. But Celtic pulled off one of their own by tying Brendan down as boss, and I can’t wait to see who he can attract to Parkhead. I think at least one big-name player will arrive this summer as the Bhoys’ Board backs their big-name manager," he added.

Who would you like to see Rangers and Celtic sign this summer?

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