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Rangers linked with another new defensive target as Celtic threaten to pull plug on big deal: Old Firm transfer rumours

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard is searching high and low for a third central-defensive signing of the summer, according to the latest rumours.

Gerrard has already added Connor Goldson and Nikola Katic to his panel but is still in the market for a left-sided centre-half. He has been linked with Millwall's Jake Cooper and Blackpool's Curtis Tilt, but with neither move gathering pace, the rumours have moved on.

Yesterday, we told you how the Gers were being linked with Bolton defender Mark Beevers.

Now Gerrard is said to be eyeing Manchester City's Kean Bryan. The Scottish Sun report that the 21-year-old is attracting interest from Glasgow via some family connections. He played alongside Gerrard's cousin Anthony during a loan spell at Oldham last season and impressed, winning the club's Young Player of the Season award. He has just one year left on his current deal at the Etihad. Ibrox Director of Football Mark Allen also knows Bryan well from his spell at City's Academy.

Meanwhile, Celtic could give up on signing Hibernian midfielder John McGinn. The Hoops have had three bids of between £1.5m and £2m turned down but with the 23-year-old's club looking for closer to £4m, Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers admits the deal may not happpen.

“Hopefully the clubs can sort it out," he said.

“But if there comes a point in time where it’s not going to happen then of course, naturally, we might need to (walk away).

“We want to strengthen the squad – that’s important for us. I’m aware at this time that there also needs to be patience as well.”

Former Celtic star Kris Commons has criticised the Hoops' tactics in their pursuit of the player.

“I’m always a believer that, if you want a player, go and get him. Just pay what’s expected," he told the Daily Mail. “There have been rumours of £1.4m, £1.7m, now £2m. Celtic are clearly aware of what the asking price is. But they are trying to drag it out."

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