By Ibrox News Speaking to Tam McManus

22nd Jan, 2023 | 12:10pm

Rangers could hijack Celtic deal to sign Cho Gue-sung as January transfer speculation emerges - pundit

We’re delighted to welcome Tam McManus as our exclusive Rangers columnist as each week he’ll be giving his views on the biggest talking points at Ibrox

Tam McManus wouldn’t be surprised to see South Korea star Cho Gue-sung join an Old Firm side this month with Rangers linked with a deal.

According to 90min on 13 January, Rangers and Celtic are both keen on signing the 24-year-old from K-League club Jeonbuk Hyundai. Leeds, Everton, Southampton, Burnley and West Brom are also said to be in the running for his signature.

Cho scored 21 goals in 35 total appearances for Jeonbuk in the 2022 South Korean season. He also netted twice for South Korea at the World Cup with both goals coming in a 3-2 group stage defeat to Ghana in Qatar.

Michael Beale could find himself in need of adding to his striker options at some point this year with Alfredo Morelos out of contract at the end of the season while Kemar Roofe’s injury issues still haven’t allayed.

Cho’s been more strongly linked with Celtic than he has to Rangers due to the growing Asian influence at Parkhead.

But McManus still feels that the Gers have a big opportunity to sign Cho because there’s a chance that the 20-times South Korea international will be interested in a move to Europe.

Speaking to Ibrox News, McManus said: “[Asia] seems to be a very popular market at the minute. There are a lot of players coming over to Britain from South Korea and Japan.

Cho has been heavily linked with Celtic, he’s been heavily linked with Mainz in Germany and now Rangers.

“It seems that either his club’s desperate to sell him or he’s desperate to get over to Europe.

It’ll be great for Rangers fans if they can sign him.

There’s been a lot of one-upmanship in the past in trying to get players over rivals.

“I don’t know how much truth there is in it but it’s possible that he’ll go to either Rangers or Celtic.”

In other Rangers news, the Gers want to offer a four-and-a-half-year contract to seal the signing of this European ace.