EXCLUSIVE: Celtic, Rangers scout controversial eight-goal striker and ponder moves

Date published: Monday 18th May 2020 6:41

Saido Berahino TEAMtalk

TEAMtalk understands Sadio Berahino is emerging as a target for Celtic and Rangers, if they lose their star strikers this summer.

The Bhoys and the Gers are expected to struggle to hold onto Odsonne Eduoard and Alfredo Morelos respectively this summer, and both are looking for potential alternatives.

Now Berahino is a man who both are looking closely at, as he could get the chance to return to Britain in Glasgow.

The 26-year-old left Stoke City in August last year when his contract was terminated after a difficult few months in the Potteries.

But the Burundi international has resurrected his career in Belgium, playing for Zulte Waregem and he claimed six goals in 17 starts in the league and eight goals in total and impressed hugely.

We understand that both Celtic and Rangers watched Berahino before the Belgian season came to a premature end, and they are now very much weighing up making offers for the former West Brom star, who is under contract until 2021, with the option of a further year.

Last week the former West Brom claimed he would be open to a return to these shores with the Baggies after opening up about his infamous, move to Tottenham in 2015 which collapsed at the last minute.

“I think the only thing that it changed was the way people viewed me,” Berahino told Sky Sports.“It brought in extra pressure that I didn’t need at the time.

 

 

 

“I think if I had somebody around me that told me: ‘Look, Saido, you’re not going to move, forget about it – you’ve already done it, you’ve already proven that you can attract a big club, now let’s go and attract two or three big clubs’.

“I never had that type of guidance. I just thought ‘wow, my life is ended’, really.

“[I thought] ‘I want to play Champions League, I want to’… no disrespect to West Brom. I loved my time at West Brom. Even if West Brom came back for me, I would jump back as soon as I can.”

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