Could Rangers succeed where Celtic failed by signing £9m Moussa Konate?

Moussa Konate of Sion in action during the UEFA Europa League Group B match between Liverpool and FC Sion on October 1, 2015 in Liverpool, England.

Rangers reportedly want Amiens' Ligue 1 striker Moussa Konate, three years after Brendan Rodgers wanted him at Scottish Premiership champions Celtic.

Moussa Konate of Senegal controls the ball during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group H match between Senegal and Colombia at Samara Arena on June 28, 2018 in Samara, Russia.

Three years after Brendan Rodgers tried and failed to lure Moussa Konate to Celtic, rumours have resurfaced linking a Senegalese goal-machine with a big-money move to Glasgow.

14 goals and nine assists for FC Sion made Konate one of Europe’s most coveted young strikers in the summer of 2016. And HITC sources told us that Sunderland, West Brom, Swansea and Crystal Palace had all shown an interest in a fleet-footed forward who shot to fame with some stellar performances at the London Olympics.

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Celtic were interested too. But, three years on, could Steven Gerrard succeed where Rodgers failed?

 

According to L’Equipe, Rodgers’ former Liverpool captain is hoping to make Konate the second most expensive signing in Rangers’ history. The 54-time league champions are making waves in the transfer market and paying £9 million for the Amiens talisman would be one hell of a statement after a 100 per cent start to the new Scottish Premiership season.

And it seems that this is more than idle paper talk.

Amiens' Moussa Konate (L) scores a goal during the French L1 football match Olympique of Marseille (OM) against  Amiens at the Velodrome stadium in Marseille on May 19, 2018. (Photo by...

Courrier Picard, a local publication based in the Northern City of Amiens, have backed up Rangers’ interest in a player who has 11 goals for the Senegal national team and seemingly caught Rodgers’ eye during a Europa League clash between Sion and Liverpool in 2015.

Something special is brewing at Ibrox. And signing a player Rodgers wanted right at the start of his Celtic tenure could make #55 a genuine possibility.

Moussa Konate of Sion in action during the UEFA Europa League Group B match between Liverpool and FC Sion on October 1, 2015 in Liverpool, England.

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