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Rangers face fight with Celtic, Newcastle & Aston Villa for Irish duo

Rangers are the latest club to register an interest in two League of Ireland standouts

Dundalk v FC BATE Borisov - UEFA Champions League: Second Qualifying Round 2nd Leg Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Rangers are the latest in a line of clubs to join the race for, soon-to-be out of contract, Dundalk duo Daryl Horgan and Andy Boyle after the pair helped fire the Irish side into the group stage of this season’s Europa League. Horgan and Boyle, who were both called up to the Ireland squad for their World Cup qualifying win over Austria, have been attracting interest from Old Firm rivals Celtic and a host of English Championship sides such as Newcastle United, QPR, Birmingham City, Ipswich Town, Aston Villa, Reading and Preston North End in recent weeks as Mark Warburton faces a serious fight to tempt them to Ibrox.

24-year-old Horgan plays on the right wing but is also comfortable on the opposite side of the pitch and is a quick, tricky winger who likes to take men on. With 10 goals in 22 appearances this season the Galway-born winger has picked up a number of admirers so far this season and looks set to move on next month when his contract expires.

Andy Boyle has been at Dundalk since December 2012 and has been a stalwart for Stephen Kenny’s side in a glittering stint at Oriol Park. At 5’9” he isn’t the strapping central defender Rangers fans have been crying out for in recent months however his performances for the Lilywhites, both domestically and in European competition, have seen his stock rise massively.