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Stephen Craigan: Scottish sides should keep hunting young talent in England


Michael O'Neill. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)

Michael O'Neill. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)

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Michael O'Neill. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)

We know Scottish clubs can't compete with the finances that the English sides possess. This means Rangers and Celtic in particular have to be resourceful when attracting top young talent from south of the border.

Moussa Dembele and Joe Aribo are examples of the 'training compensation regime' in conjunction with Fifa, which means players under the age of 24 in England can join a Scottish club for a much lower fee if they are out of contract as it's a cross-border transfer as opposed to an internal one.

The latest player linked with such a move to Glasgow was 20-year-old Tyrese Campbell of Michael O'Neill's Stoke City.

He has since decided his future lies in England, but it's an avenue that both clubs can't ignore. Getting top young talent for a fraction of the price makes perfectly good business sense.

Nicky Hammond and Ross Wilson of Celtic and Rangers respectively, who head up each side's recruitment teams, have extensive knowledge of English football and it's for deals like this they were brought in.

Both clubs can offer European football, competitive salaries and a platform for players to showcase their talents in front of packed stadiums and live TV cameras.

This door may have closed in relation to Campbell but no doubt they'll be working on others and using Dembele and Aribo as examples of how Celtic and Rangers can be a catalyst to bigger and better things.

Belfast Telegraph