According to journalist Robin Bairner, Glasgow Rangers prospect Nathan Young-Coombes is on the verge of joining English Championship club Brentford.
The 18-year-old Rangers youngster made the move north of the border from Chelsea for a two-year deal in 2019 and has since made quite the impression among the academy ranks.
However, he has yet to make the jump to the first team, and seems destined for the Ibrox exit in January or the next transfer window.
And now, it’s claimed Brentford have reportedly won the race to sign Young-Coombes from Rangers, who has entered the final six months of his contract. Premier League giants West Ham were also previously credited with an interest in the teenager in the summer, but a move failed to materialise.
Whilst Kai Kennedy was linked with a move away from Rangers in recent months – only for the highly-rated teenager to pen a new deal – the seemingly imminent departure of Young-Coombes would arguably be just as significant.
With Jermain Defoe and Greg Stewart having entered the twilight of their careers, the England U17 international could have been the perfect homegrown replacement with an eye on the future.
The former Chelsea and Crystal Palace academy prospect has left quite the lasting impression – smashing home five goals in nine appearances across all competitions for the development squad, per Transfermarkt. There aren’t many players in the academy ranks that can boast these kinds of numbers.
It’s no wonder, then, that coaches like David McCallum, Graeme Murty and Peter Lovenkrands have all swooned over the young English ace, with the former even saying he was part of a “fantastic” side that defeated Celtic 5-0 in the Scottish Youth Cup.
If Rangers have a legitimate interest in re-establishing themselves as one of the biggest clubs in Europe, keeping hold of one of their hottest prospects would be a good place to start. This is exactly why Ross Wilson simply can’t afford to lose the young prodigy.
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