Kris Boyd shares how he told Rangers to sign Celtic's top target Darlington Nagbe in 2014

Rangers' Kris Boyd

Former Rangers ace Kris Boyd thinks Darlington Nagbe would be a great signing for Celtic - but he wanted him at Ibrox in 2014.

United States international Darlington NagbeUnited States international Darlington Nagbe

Former Scotland striker Kris Boyd has told The Scottish Sun that he thinks Darlington Nagbe would be a great signing for Celtic – and even wanted Rangers to sign him.

Celtic lost 2-0 to Barcelona on Wednesday evening, as a goal in each half from Lionel Messi handed Barca all three points in their Champions League clash at Celtic Park.

In a packed house at Celtic Park, a potential new signing for the Bhoys was in attendance, with Portland Timbers ace Darlington Nagbe spotted in the stands – and he even posted a video from the game to his Twitter account.

Nagbe, 26, has been one of the leading midfielders in Major League Soccer in recent years, as he's played a starring role for Portland Timbers, racking up more than 200 appearances since his arrival in 2011.

The playmaker – who was born in Liberia but has ten caps for the United States – arrived in Glasgow on Tuesday night, with Celtic rolling out the red carpet for the midfielder ahead of a possible £1.5m January deal, as reported by the Daily Mail.

Portland Timbers midfielder Darlington Nagbe in actionPortland Timbers midfielder Darlington Nagbe in action

Brendan Rodgers is looking to improve his midfield options, and it's claimed that Nagbe is his top target, with his trip to Glasgow – which included a tour of Celtic Park on Tuesday night – seen as a testing ground for club and player to decide whether they want to pursue a move.

Now, Nagbe's former Portland Timbers team-mate Kris Boyd has spoken about the player, with the ex-Scotland international telling The Scottish Sun that Nagbe would be a 'great signing' for Celtic, describing him as 'class'.

Boyd even revealed that, when he returned for a second spell with Rangers in 2014, he urged Celtic's Old Firm rivals to sign Nagbe – but nothing came of it, and he could now be lining up in the famous green and white hoops.

Rangers' Kris BoydFormer Rangers striker Kris Boyd

“Darlington is a top player — he’d be a great signing for Celtic if they could get him,” said Boyd. “I played with him for a season and, for me, he’s ideally suited to the British game. He’s a real athlete and has all the attributes needed for the top level.

“When I went back to Rangers I spoke to the coaching staff about him. I said he was a player they should look at, but nothing came of it. Maybe it was not the right time with everything going on at the club.

“To be fair, Darlington also didn’t have his American citizenship by then so it would have been complicated to get him over. Celtic will be doing well if they can sign him because he’s class,” he added.

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