According to a report in the Daily Record, Celtic have joined Rangers in the chase for Derby County’s Max Lowe.
It is claimed the Scottish champions are seeking out potential replacements for Kieran Tierney. Premier League side Arsenal reportedly want the talented Scotland international left-back.
Lowe spent the majority of last season on loan at Aberdeen. Despite initially starting the season as Derby’s number one left-back, manager Frank Lampard felt he wasn’t quite ready.
The Derby academy graduate impressed at Pittrodrie. He scored three goals in more than 40 appearances, catching the attentions of both Rangers and Celtic.
The Daily Record add that an inquiry from Celtic has been made over Lowe’s availability. With Aberdeen and Rangers also keen on securing a deal for him, a competition for his signature can only benefit the Rams.
Derby County should consider selling Max Lowe
Derby have too many left-backs, even after Marcus Olsson and Ashley Cole’s departures. Craig Forsyth is the club’s number one, but his season-ending injury last October saw summer signing Scott Malone replace him.
Lowe has two senior players in front of him. Moreover, he isn’t the only academy star pushing for a left-back spot, with Calum MacDonald also coming through. The 21-year-old was among the substitutes in the play-off final.
The Rams may feel it is in their best interests to allow Lowe to leave permanently.
Celtic and Rangers bidding for him would help raise his profile. But importantly, a fight for his signature gives Derby the best chance of securing a higher sales fee and one which could be re-invested back into the squad in more important areas.
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