The Stoke City scouts watching Dundee United before the lockdown were apparently not just keeping tabs on Lawrence Shankland.
Striker Shankland has been strongly linked with a move to the bet365 Stadium after gaining Scotland international recognition thanks to his prolific form.
Now Football Insider claims that his teammate, winger Louis Appere, is also being tracked by Stoke scouts.
They write: “Stoke have joined Rangers in the hunt to sign Appere. The 21-year-old, who is of dual French and Scottish citizenship, has emerged on the radar of the English Championship club following his impressive campaign.”
Apere, who can play across attack but mostly on the right, has scored six times and chipped in with five assists as Dundee United bid for promotion.
O’Neill has been acknowledged that Scotland may be a possible shopping destination for Stoke as they try to climb up and out of the Championship.
He said: “The problem people have with Scottish football is that they probably watch it on television and at times it doesn’t look like a great spectacle because at certain games the stadium is a little bit empty, while the other thing is you see games on artificial pitches.
“It’s about assessing the level of play and then try to benchmark whether those players could step up and play in the Championship.
“There’s players there that have clearly done that, the likes of John McGinn (Aston Villa) and Kenny McClean who went to Norwich, and both of them got promoted with their teams and were very important players to their teams.
“So it’s about trying to find that level of player.”
He added: “We wouldn’t typically be looking at players who’ve been in Scottish football for a long time because we don’t see them as having the right profile for the kind of player we’d like.
“But certainly the younger ones are worth considering.”