Report claims Celtic have joined Rangers in Moussa Konate race

Steven Gerrard, Manager of Rangers FC (R) greets Neil Lennon, Manager of Celtic prior to the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on September 01, 2019...

Glasgow Rangers were recently linked with bringing Moussa Konate to Ibrox, but he could end up joining their Scottish Premiership rivals.

Amiens' Cameroonian forward Moussa Konate (L) celebrates after scoring a goal  during the French L1 football match between Amiens (ASC) and Reims (SR) on August 25, 2018, at the Licorne...

The first Old Firm game of the season may have only taken place yesterday, but it appears that Rangers and Celtic are battling it out once again today, with Foot Mercato claiming that the Hoops have joined the race to sign Moussa Konate.

Konate has been linked with a potential move to Ibrox for some time, with L'Equipe recently reporting that Steven Gerrard's men were prepared to pay £9 million to sign the striker this summer.

 

Foot Mercato is claiming that Rangers remain interested in the Senegal international, but they are yet to follow up on their initial interest in the 26-year-old. And it appears that they may have some competition for his signature if they do indeed remain in the hunt.

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In fact, Foot Mercato are now suggesting that Celtic are providing the competition for the Amiens star. 

Neil Lennon, Manager of Celtic gives his team instructions during the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on September 01, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

With the hours ticking down on the transfer window, it would be a big surprise if either side was able to get Konate through the door before the deadline passes, and the fans are likely to have their doubts about whether their respective clubs are actually pursuing the player.

Rangers boss Gerrard has Jermain Defoe and Alfredo Morelos available to him up front. And the Daily Mirror has reported that they have agreed a £7 million fee with Liverpool winger Ryan Kent. Given the potential outlay, there is surely no way that the Light Blues will be looking to spend a further £9 million before the deadline.

Head coach of Rangers FC Steven Gerrard during the UEFA Europa League Play Off First Leg match between Legia Warsaw and Rangers FC on August 22, 2019 in Warsaw, Poland.

It is perhaps Celtic who should be more interested in signing Konate. Odsonne Edouard has been an outstanding signing, but Leigh Griffiths is going into this term off the back of a lengthy spell away from the game and Neil Lennon may be wary of putting too much of a burden on his young strikers. 

It would be a big shock if Rangers or Celtic made a big push to sign Konate in the next few hours. But it is intriguing that this report has suggested that both clubs do want the striker. 

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