Rangers reportedly face battle with Hibernian for Craig Bryson

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard reacts during the Ladbrookes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Scottish Premiership duo Rangers and Hibs have both been linked with Derby County's Championship midfielder Craig Bryson.

Craig Bryson of Derby County during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Nottingham Forest at Pride Park Stadium on December 17, 2018 in Derby, England.

Rangers are facing competition from one of their Scottish Premiership rivals for the signature of Craig Bryson.

The Daily Record broke the news last week that Steven Gerrard wanted to bring the experienced Derby County midfielder to Ibrox and continue the club’s busy start to the January transfer window.

 

The Gers have already snapped up Jermain Defoe and Steven Davis on loan moves from Bournemouth and Southampton respectively while Jordan Jones and Glen Kamara have signed pre-contract agreements, too.

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But, according to the Express (15 January, page 68), Hibernian are also interested in bringing Bryson back to Scotland this month. The 32-year-old represented Clyde and Kilmarnock before moving to Pride Park in 2011.

Craig Bryson celebrates with Jack Marriott of Derby as he scores during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Norwich City at Pride Park Stadium on October 3, 2018 in...

Now, Bryson has been a regular under Frank Lampard this season but Derby owner Mel Morris is keen to slash the wage bill with Alex Pearce and George Thorne already departing in recent weeks. Ikechi Anya, the Scotland international, is expected to follow them out of the door.

Rangers’ move for Bryson does seem a little odd, however, given the strength in depth Gerrard already has in central midfield.

Romelu Lukaku of Manchester United in action with Craig Bryson of Derby County during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Manchester United and Derby County at Old Trafford on...

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