The 11 free agents available to Celtic and Rangers – including ex-Man Utd man and Premier League title winner

The 11 free agents available to Celtic and Rangers – including ex-Man Utd man and Premier League title winner

Here are 11 of the top free agents that Rangers and Celtic can sign, one of them is a former Manchester United player.

Rangers and Celtic had very different seasons endings as the Hoops rode off into the sunset with a domestic double,

leaving Philippe Clement’s Gers thinking about a summer of upheaval.

However, despite Celtic’s success, both sides are likely to be busy this summer, with the Hoops targeting

reinforcements due to Joe Hart’s retirement and the potential departure of the sought-after Matt O’Riley.

Money will be spent this summer, of that there is no doubt, but could both Rangers and Celtic save themselves some

coin by scouring the free agent market? We look at 11 out of contract players

that could be useful additions to both Old Firm sides.

Coventry City playmaker O'Hare has caught the eye of promoted Leicester City in recent weeks after an excellent end to the Championship campaign. The Sky Blues are desperate to keep him at the club, but he appears destined for pastures new. Should Matt O'Riley depart Celtic, O'Hare would be great replacement on a free. However, he would make an excellent addition to either Old Firm side.

1. Callum O’Hare – Coventry City

Coventry City playmaker O’Hare has caught the eye of promoted Leicester City in recent weeks after an excellent end

to the Championship campaign. The Sky Blues are desperate to keep him at the club, but he appears destined for

pastures new. Should Matt O’Riley depart Celtic, O’Hare would be great replacement on a free. However, he would

make an excellent addition to either Old Firm side.

After six seasons at the Riverside Stadium, the 67-cap Northern Ireland defender will depart Boro for pastures new this summer. Should Ibrox be his next destination? He recently captained his national team in the 1-0 win over Scotland at Hampden and would offer Rangers versatility, with McNair comfortable in defence or midfield. A boyhood Gers fan, he is still just 29 and has plenty of years left in the tank.

2. Paddy McNair – Middlesbrough

This summer, the 67-cap Northern Ireland defender will leave Boro for fresh pastures after six seasons at Riverside

Stadium. Is Ibrox where he should go next? Recently, McNair captained his country in a 1-0 victory over Scotland at

Hampden, and he would provide Rangers considerable versatility as he can play in midfield or defense. Having been

a Gers supporter since his childhood, he is still young and has many years ahead of him.

Winner of the J-League's Best Young Player in 2017, Nakayama was relegated with Huddersfield Town this season and looks set to depart the club on a Bosman free transfer. While the Terriers themselves endured a disappointing season, the 27-year-old Japanese international was praised for his performances throughout before injury ended his campaign early in March. Capable at both centre-back and full-back, Nakayama could provide an intriguing option for Brendan Rodgers this summer.

3. Yura Nakayama – Huddersfield Town

Winner of the J-League’s Best Young Player in 2017, Nakayama was relegated with Huddersfield Town this season

and looks set to depart the club on a Bosman free transfer. While the Terriers themselves endured a disappointing

season, the 27-year-old Japanese international was praised for his performances throughout before injury ended his

campaign early in March. Capable at both centre-back and full-back, Nakayama could provide an intriguing option

for Brendan Rodgers this summer.

The England under-20 international endured a difficult campaign at Bramall Lane, barely featuring as they plummeted to relegation from the English Premier League. That said, Blades fans are hopeful he will agree a new deal in Yorkshire such is his potential and he has certainly not been written off. Once the youngest player in English Premier League history to score on his first start, he also helped England win the UEFA European Under-19 Championship in 2022. With Rangers needing to add firepower to their ranks, could a free transfer move for the 20-year-old offer a low-risk, high-reward option?

4. Daniel Jebbison – Sheffield United

The England under-20 international endured a difficult campaign at Bramall Lane, barely featuring as they

plummeted to relegation from the English Premier League. That said, Blades fans are hopeful he will agree a new

deal in Yorkshire such is his potential and he has certainly not been written off. Once the youngest player in English

Premier League history to score on his first start, he also helped England win the UEFA European Under-19

Championship in 2022. With Rangers needing to add firepower to their ranks, could a free transfer move for the 20-

year-old offer a low-risk, high-reward option?

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