Reports: Celtic planning to hijack Rangers moves for 17 goals hitman

As reported by the Independent, Celtic are closely looking at former Crystal Palace youngster Reise Allassani linked with Glasgow Rangers as he looks to rebuild his career after a serious devastating knee ligament injury.

The 22-year-old was released by the Eagles back in 2016 and was about to sign for Sheffied Wednesday before he suffered another injury, and he is now plying his trade with non-league side Dulwich Hamlet after signing last November.

The forward has netted 17 goals, including two hat-tricks, so far this season in his 16 appearances for the seventh-tier side, and he has reportedly caught the attraction of the Scottish champions.

Dulwich Hamlet manager Gavin Rose has moved Allassani to a more central role after he was used wide man at Palace, where he was once being looked at by Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal.

Rose has admitted seven or eight clubs have registered an interest in signing Allassani this month, one of which is believed to be Celtic.

Elsewhere, The Sunday Post claim that Rangers are also considering a move in snapping up the player who might be better off joining the Ibrox side over Parkhead.

While Celtic are having more success on the pitch at the moment, Allassani has a far greater chance of breaking into Rangers’ first-team.

Celtic already have Moussa Dembele, Leigh Griffiths and Odsonne Edouard competing for one spot up-front, and Allassani is unlikely to break in there any time soon.

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