Bahlul Mustafazada desperate for transfer, but talks up joining Gerrard at Ibrox

Neil Lennon, Interim manager of Celtic embraces Steven Gerrard, Manager of Rangers ahead of the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and Rangers at Celtic Park on March 31,...

Rangers and Celtic have been linked with Bahlul Mustafazada.

Marcel Hartel of Germany is challenged by Anton Krivotsyuk (L) and Bahlul Mustafazade of Azerbaijan during the UEFA Under21 Euro 2019 Qualifier match between Azerbaijan U21 and Germany U21...

Gabala defender Bahlul Mustafazada has been quoted by The Scottish Sun as saying that he will do anything to make a transfer happen this summer, talking up joining Celtic or Rangers.

Mustafazada, 22, has emerged as one of the top young talents in Azerbaijani football, making 29 appearances for Gabala this past season.

The centre back has been tipped for a bright future despite not yet earning a first cap for Azerbaijan, and a move could be on the cards this summer.

 

The Daily Record recently reported that Mustafazada had been handed a trial spell with Celtic, but news of the Bhoys targeting him has died down since then.

Now, Mustafazada has commented on the situation, admitting that his aim is to play abroad, even claiming he'll do anything to make a deal happen this summer.

Mustafazada even admitted that he would be interested in signing for Rangers in order to work with Steven Gerrard, but wouldn't join either Old Firm club just to sit on the bench.

“My aim is to play abroad and I have read about the interest from both Celtic and Rangers,” said Mustafazada. “There's been nothing concrete yet though. I would do anything to try and make this move happen. Celtic or Rangers? For me there is no difference.”

Dublin , Ireland - 27 March 2018; Bahlul Mustafazade of Azerbaijan during the UEFA U21 Championship Qualifier match between the Republic of Ireland and Azerbaijan at Tallaght Stadium in...

"Yes, it would be interesting to work with a coach like Steven Gerrard, but the main thing for me is my development. I do not intend to join any of the clubs in Glasgow just to sit on the bench. For the moment though, I am concentrating on our two very important games coming up because I believe we can get the six points,” he added.

The rumours about Rangers don't quite add up though. Yes, Futbolpress in Azerbaijan reported that Rangers were keen. However, they were sourcing from an opinion piece about why Rangers should target Mustafazada, not that they are targeting him.

It would therefore be a surprise to see Rangers make a move for Mustafazada even with the defender talking about a move to Ibrox, and Celtic currently looks like a safer bet – even with limited news about his trial.

Neil Lennon, Interim manager of Celtic embraces Steven Gerrard, Manager of Rangers ahead of the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and Rangers at Celtic Park on March 31,...

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