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England international pushes for Celtic switch as Rangers recruit will turn into a £20m superstar: Old Firm transfer rumours

The transfer window is shut until the new year but that hasn't stopped the rumours from rumbling on as Celtic could yet make an immediate signing.

That's former England international Gabby Agbonlahor, who is eyeing up the spot vacated by Moussa Dembele in Celtic's squad. At 31, he was released by Aston Villa during the summer and is still a free agent. That means the Hoops, or any other club, could bring him in immediately.

He's spoken of his desire to join Brendan Rodgers' side, even saying he'll try and engineer a move, having scored in a Celtic shirt on Sunday in Stiliyan Petrov and James Milner's Match for Cancer.

“I’ll try and speak to Brendan Rodgers and we’ll see what happens," he said.

“When the Celtic fans start singing ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ it has always given me goosebumps just watching it on TV — so it would be something else to actually play in it.

“I think every player, if they had the chance to play for Celtic, would take it. Can you imagine playing in front of 60,000 people inside this place? I told one of the lads I’d get sent off in the first minute due to the adrenaline and sheer excitement!

“From growing up watching Old Firm games I would have followed Celtic — I was at Aston Villa with Stiliyan Petrov, Martin O’Neill and Chris Sutton and they’re all massive Celtic supporters."

Meanwhile, Rangers could have a star of the future on their hands in the form of summer signing Eros Grezda. The Albanian was one of two players Steven Gerrard recruited from Osijek, having ousted the Croatian side in the Europa League. The Gers landed winger Grezda for just over £2m and, according to Albanian journalist Ermal Kuka, that could prove a real bargain.

“Rangers have got an absolute bargain,” he told the Evening Times.

“I was surprised they were able to get him for such a low price. I think that is a real steal. In two years, I can easily see them selling him for £20million, because it is different when you buy from Croatia or you buy from a club like Rangers.

“I think he is going to be a future star of the national team. Technically, he is a great player. Teams of Rangers’ level everywhere in Europe would have been looking at him, because his potential is huge. I really see him as a very, very good player.”

Grezda will not play against Scotland today, having been sent home from Albanian training due to an ankle injury that has so far prevented him from making his Rangers debut.

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