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Celtic and Rangers ‘poised to battle it out’ for Scotland new boy Tommy Conway

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HE’S the new name on every Scotland fan’s lips.

And he could soon find himself subject of the biggest Rangers and Celtic bidding war for some time.

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That’s because Bristol Live are claiming that there’s an understanding at Tommy Conway’s Bristol City that the star WON’T be extending his current deal at Ashton Gate.

And that leaves open the intriguing possibility of both Celtic and Rangers exploiting the cross border loophole to land him for as little as £300,000 in 12 months time.

That’s the route that Derby County‘s Kris Commons has used in the past ahead of his move to Celtic, while the Ibrox men snapped up the likes of Joe Aribo and Calvin Bassey this way, prior to moneyspinning moves elsewhere.

One fly in the ointment, however, is the fact that Bristol Live credit Wolves with an interest in the player too.

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Their pockets are most likely to be deeper for the player – particularly if it comes to an auction on the player THIS SUMMER after a good performance at Euro 2024.

If the player goes on the market this summer, it’s thought Bristol City are looking for anything in the region of £5m-£8m for the player.

But the Ashton Gate side no longer have the whip hand in any negotiations as they face losing him for a tenth of that sum to either of the Glasgow giants in 12 months’ time.

It’s been a remarkable rise for the striker, who only three years ago was scoring against Concord Rangers in front of 220 fans in the Vanarama National League South.

Jerry Gill, his former boss at non-league Bath City, says the striker — a late call-up for Steve Clarke’s Euros squad — was always mature enough to deal with whatever came his way.

Gill said: “We’d already had Antoine Semenyo, who’s at Bournemouth now, on loan and had a good relationship with City.

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“So we knew quite a bit about Tommy, not only his ability, but his personality and character.

“We like old-school values. If he hadn’t had those he wouldn’t have been anywhere near us.

“But he was still a young man going into a dressing room full of men. We had some seasoned players, but the best thing I could say about Tommy is that with us he was a Bath City player.

“There wasn’t an attitude that he was a Bristol City player who was just playing at Bath City.

“He was so mature. He scored in the opening minutes of his debut against Winchester City and never looked back.

“He wasn’t a physical presence at first, but he had an ability to nip in behind and create space.”

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