No one will say they weren’t warned.
Celtic and Rangers are being linked with interest in up-for-sale former Stoke City and West Bromwich Albion striker Saido Berahino.
Berahino, aged 26, has tried to start rebuilding his career at Zulte Waregem in Belgium after spending more time on the front pages than the back during the previous four years in England.
He has claimed that he has benefited from playing in a low profile league, scoring eight times, but Zulte have placed him on the transfer list as they budget through a crisis.
And TeamTalk claims that he could jump back into the frying pan with a move to Glasgow.
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They report: “We understand that both Celtic and Rangers watched Berahino before the Belgian season came to a premature end, and they are now very much weighing up making offers for the striker, who is under contract until 2021, with the option of a further year.”
Berahino had played for England youth and was in the mix with Harry Kane for a senior call up, and being chased by Tottenham, at the height of his powers with West Brom.
But it all went sour before he joined Stoke in January 2017 for £12m.
Mark Hughes spent the second half of that season trying to get him match fit, without reward, then decided on a different system for the next campaign, when Stoke were relegated.
Berahino finally got his first goal for the club near the start of the next season after being reintegrated by Gary Rowett – but was bombed out again by Rowett’s successor Nathan Jones.
He was found guilty of drink driving on the early hours of a day he was scheduled to play for the under-23s and left by mutual consent in the summer of 2019.
In all, he scored five times in 56 appearances for Stoke – with all goals coming in Rowett’s half season in charge.
He told Sky Sports earlier this month: “The club have had a chat with my agent and say they are going to listen to offers. It’s a bit of a shame because I was having such a great time there. It was a big decision for me to move as I’ve not played outside of England before.
“I talked with my family and we made the decision to go away and have a clean slate where nobody will judge.
“The manager was fantastic. He put his arm around me and just talked to me. The culture of the media is different here too. They’re not always at you for whatever situation you are in.
“But the club has to do what’s right for them and I have to stay sharp for the next thing that comes my way.”