Charlie Adam is expecting Rangers to make a move for the ‘prolific’ Charlton Athletic striker Lyle Taylor, while suggesting to talkSPORT that Old Firm neighbours Celtic could also enter the race for a soon-to-be free agent.
If there is one group of fans who are not looking forward to the football season resuming all across England, it is those at the Valley.
Charlton are already stuck in the Championship relegation zone. And, just to make matters even worse, they will now have to navigate a crucial nine-game spell without their talismanic top scorer.
As Addicks boss Lee Bowyer explained on talkSPORT, Taylor will not wear Charlton colours again with his contract due to expire in July. The 30-year-old is terrified, it is claimed, of suffering a serious injury that would wreck his chances of securing a ‘life-changing’ transfer.
And former Rangers midfielder Adam is tipping Taylor, who has found the net 11 times in 17 starts for a struggling side, to bring his lethal finishing to Glasgow sooner rather than later.
“We played Charlton earlier in the season and I never knew who Lyle Taylor was. He played against us that day and he tore us apart. I was like, ‘this kid is good’, and I never realised he’s 30!” the Reading veteran says.
“He’s a good player and it wouldn’t surprise me, just throwing it out there, if Rangers or Celtic try and take him because he’s out of contract. He’ll have a few options in the Championship too, and maybe a Premier League club would even take him because of his goalscoring record over the last few years.
“He’s 30 years of age, the last two years have been his best, the most prolific, of his career and he’s out of contract.
“He’s got to look after his family and this is probably going to be the biggest contract he’s had, and I can see how he’s not wanting to take the risk.”
It was Taylor who fired Charlton into the Championship last year, netting 25 times during a remarkable debut season at the Valley.
TEAMtalk reports that Rangers are indeed interested in the late-blooming hitman, though Steven Gerrard’s side will face competition from Burnley, Bournemouth and Crystal Palace.