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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Oriel to Ibrox a possible move for duo

Daryl Horgan, left, and Jonathan Walters Picture: Sportsfile
Daryl Horgan, left, and Jonathan Walters Picture: Sportsfile

Rangers have joined in the chase for Dundalk pair Andy Boyle and Daryl Horgan.

The duo are this week back in training with their team-mates at Oriel Park, having spent the previous week in the Ireland camp for Saturday's World Cup qualifier in Austria.

Boyle didn't make it into the matchday squad in Vienna, watching the game from the stands along with Stephen Gleeson, Adam Rooney and Jonny Hayes.

But Horgan was on the bench, disappointment for some when he was denied a debut by Martin O'Neill's decision to bring on Aiden McGeady for the last five minutes.

Horgan and Boyle have two games left this year for Dundalk in the Europa League but interest in them from foreign clubs is hotting up.

And now it's believed that Rangers are tracking Boyle and Horgan, both men available on a free transfer at the end of next month.

Already 11 points behind SPL leaders Celtic, Rangers are keen to add to their squad in January. Even five years ago, the idea of two players from the Republic of Ireland moving to Ibrox would have raised eyebrows, but in recent times Dubliner Jon Daly starred for the club, while Rangers currently have former Ireland U21 Rob Kiernan in their first team squad.

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Championship side Preston remain favourites to land Horgan though a number of MLS sides are still keen to bring the winger to the USA.

Meanwhile, their former Dundalk team-mate Richie Towell is keen to push on with his season at Brighton having made a goal-scoring return to action last week.

Towell has been frustrated by injury all season but he played and scored in a midweek Cup game for the Seagulls' U23 side.

"Now I have had to take a little step back and be clever with what I'm doing and not try and over-use my knee," says Towell.

"I've been watching all the games and I think the lads are flying. Our back four look so solid and I like the freedom that the lads are playing with up front - and they are scoring at will."

In other news, Limerick have confirmed that Martin Russell will be in charge of the Blues next season having won promotion from Division One.

"I am happy to be playing my part in trying to progress Limerick FC, and to help establish the club as a real force in Ireland's Premier Division," said Russell. "We have a real task on our hands, but I believe we can look forward to a season that sees the club continue to grow and work towards maximising its potential."

Limerick have been linked with a number of top-flight players such as Christy Fagan.

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