Rangers and Celtic will be in the market for new signings come January, and they may well have one common target in mind.
The Old Firm duo are fighting for the Scottish Premiership title, and recent reports suggest that the duo have set their sights on a move for a third-tier prospect.
Airdrie youngster Thomas Robert joined the club over the summer, making a bizarre move to Scotland’s League One having rejected a new deal at Montpellier.
The 20-year-old has bagged four goals and two assists in 13 appearances for Airdrie, sparking interest in his services.
The Scottish Sun report that Celtic have been scouting Robert of late, with Nick Hammond and Tosh McKinlay both travelling to watch him.
The report noted that Rangers are also keen though, alongside Dundee United, Hibernian, Hearts and a host of English clubs.
Boss Ian Murray – a former Rangers player himself – has told the Daily Record that he thinks Robert has shown outstanding touches, movement and passing during his time with Airdrie, so it wouldn’t surprise him if he attracts interest.
Murray added that ‘loads of clubs’ want Robert, and predicts that teams are ‘not too far away’ from making bids for the Frenchman, who is the son of ex-Newcastle ace Laurent Robert.
“It wouldn’t surprise me if we have a fight to keep him. Thomas has done really, really well,” said Murray. “He showed his class again against Clyde with the corner kick, but it wasn’t just that, in the first half he was excellent, his touches on the ball, his movement, his timing in the releasing of the ball, the way he picked up space, was excellent.”
“We’ve had loads of clubs looking at him, a few of them were pretty impressed. Were they impressed enough to make a bid, I’m not sure, but I think there are a couple who are not too far away from that,” he added.