Report: Newcastle hold advantage over Celtic and Rangers for Jarrad Branthwaite

Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce celebrates after his side opened the scoring during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Manchester United at St. James Park on...

Scottish Premiership rivals Celtic and Rangers want Jarrad Branthwaite but it seems that Newcastle have an advantage.

Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce celebrates after his side opened the scoring during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Manchester United at St. James Park on...

Rangers and Celtic could both be left grasping at thin air in their pursuit of Jarrad Branthwaite as Newcastle United have a first refusal option on the highly-rated Carlisle United centre-back, according to the Northern Echo.

Despite only breaking into the Cumbrians’ first team in October, he already has clubs on both sides of the border lining up a January swoop.

 

The 6ft 1ins defender is very much in the modern, ball-playing mould with his poise in possession and excellent reading of the game expected to make Carlisle at least £1 million if he is sold in the New Year.

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The Northern Echo reports that Old Firm rivals Celtic and Rangers are interested. The Hoops’ director of football Nick Hammond even made a personal trip to Brunton Park to check out Branthwaite in person, according to the Scottish Sun.

But Newcastle have an ace up their sleeve.

A general view of St James' Park is seen prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Norwich City at St James' Park on October 18, 2015 in Newcastle upon Tyne,...

The Magpies obviously spotted something shiny in Carlisle’s squad when they allowed Danish striker Elias Sorensen (below) to join the League Two outfit on loan over the summer and, according to The Echo, they have agreed a first refusal option on Branthwaite.

So regardless of whether Celtic or Rangers put a seven-figure sum on the table, the Glasgow giants will be blown out of the water if Newcastle decide to take a punt on one of the Football League’s rising stars.

Elias Fritjof Sorensen of Newcastle United (51) celebrates after he scores Newcastles second  goal during for the Checkatrade Trophy Match between Grimsby Town FC and Newcastle United at...

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