Glasgow Rangers prospect Nathan Young-Coombes is closing in on a move to Championship club Brentford but Steven Gerrard could regret letting the youngster leave.
It appears the England U17 international is about to leave the 54-time Scottish champions in a bid for game time, as he hasn’t managed to make the jump to the first-team under Gerrard.
Having played fewer than 500′ minutes of football for the development squad so far this season, it seems Young-Coombes is considered little more than an after-thought at Ibrox as he has yet to make his first-team debut.
However, Rangers sporting director Ross Wilson may live to regret the fact that he did not do enough to persuade him to stay, with the 18-year-old thriving at youth level, having signed him from Chelsea in 2019.
It’s fair to say that Young-Coombes has been one of the most outstanding young players in the Light Blues academy. His statistics show that he has five goals from his past nine outings – his latest goal coming in the 2-0 win at home to Wrexham in the Challenge Cup quarter-finals.
But it runs far deeper than that. The highly-rated teenager has been tipped for the very top after being a key part of the Rangers side that lifted the Alkass Cup in 2019. Such a talent, therefore, should not be left to go to waste.
Rangers arguably have more urgent matters on their minds than the future of one of their academy players, yet it’s highly likely that at some point in the near future they could come to reflect that allowing Young-Coombes to depart Ibrox so easily was yet another transfer mishap they have developed rather a habit of making. Billy Gilmour is one of the first names that immediately springs to mind.
By letting the 18-year-old Young-Coombes go, this would have deja vu of Gilmour’s exit all over again.
And given how the latter has already made 17 first-team appearances at Stamford Bridge, Rangers surely look back with a sense of regret at seeing Gilmour shine elsewhere. The same could happen with Young-Coombes too. It would be a major mistake on the part of Wilson to wave goodbye to another prodigious Gers talent without genuinely seeing what they can do for the first-team at Ibrox.