Report: Rangers want Marcus Browne, but face Celtic battle

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 are reportedly looking to bring Marcus Browne to Ibrox - but face a battle with Celtic.

Marcus Browne in action during training on the West Ham Pre-Season Tour to Switzerland on July 3, 2018 in Bad Ragaz, Switzerland.

According to Goal, Celtic and Rangers are both interested in signing West Ham United midfielder Marcus Browne this summer – but may face a wait.

Browne, 21, has come up through the West Ham ranks, and spent last season on loan at League One side Oxford United, notching nine goals and five assists.

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The attacking midfielder now heads back to West Ham for pre-season, and it's believed that Manuel Pellegrini will give him a chance to shine before making a decision on his future.

West Ham are already receiving interest in Browne's services, with Old Firm rivals Celtic and Rangers thought to be keen, as well as Championship side Fulham.

Browne can play as a number 10 or out wide, and possesses decent pace and skill, and his versatility will make him appealing to those interested clubs.

Oxford's Marcus Browne clebrates his goal during the Sky Bet League One match between Oxford United and Sunderland at Kassam Stadium on February 09, 2019 in Oxford, United Kingdom.

West Ham understandably want to have a closer look at Browne before sending him out on loan again, with some believing that he should be given an opportunity in the first team.

Another layer to this is that Celtic and Rangers both want Charlton's Joe Aribo, and Browne may well be an alternative for both clubs if they lose out in the battle for the playmaker – but they'll face a wait on Browne's future regardless.

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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