According to journalist Pete O’Rourke, there are doubts whether Ahmed Kendouci will go to Rangers as he is not ‘top of the list’ before the transfer deadline.
James Sands became the first signing of the Giovanni van Bronckhorst era when he joined Major League Soccer’s New York City FC on a first 18-month loan earlier this month, but the Dutchman could still welcome more new faces before the January window closes. .
What’s the latest news about Kendoci?
According to reports in Algeria, via the Daily Record, Kendouci has become a target for van Bronckhorst.
It has been suggested that the Entente de Setif midfielder could be brought to Gers on a cut-price deal.
Media in his homeland, via The Scottish Sun, have claimed that Celtic are also interested in the playmaker.
However, the report suggests it will be difficult for either of the Scottish Premiership giants to seal their arrival as Setif Entente boss Nabil Kouki has told his employers not to sanction his exit as they battle for the Algerian top-flight title.
Kendouci currently has two-and-a-half years on his contract, but Rangers and Celtic have renewed hope of a deal.
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According to DZ Foot, the 22-year-old submitted a transfer request after learning of interest from Scottish clubs.
The report, however, reveals that neither side has stepped up their interest as no offers have been made.
What did Pete O’Rourke say about Kendouci?
O’Rourke would be surprised if Kendouci heads to Rangers before the deadline, as he understands the Entente man from Setif is not among van Bronckhorst’s priorities.
The reporter also doesn’t think the central midfielder is heading for arch-rivals Celtic.
O’Rourke told GIVEMESPORT: “I don’t think he’s top of their list right now.
“I think Celtic could look elsewhere for a central midfielder and I don’t expect him to move to Ibrox or Parkhead this month.”
How has Kendouci fared so far this season?
Kendouci has been a regular fixture in Entente de Sétif’s midfield since the start of the campaign, but he hasn’t been involved in either of their last two games.
When he was on the pitch, he showed he was a threat in the final third of the field by scoring three goals.
These efforts were key in the bid for the Setif Entente, although they are currently four points off the pace.
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