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Rangers could save millions by unearthing Connor Allan

Glasgow Rangers manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst has shown that there is a clear pathway from the B Team to the first team at Ibrox.

The Dutch head coach has not been afraid to give opportunities to young players to state their case for a regular place in the senior squad and this should give academy prospects hope for the future.

Adam Devine, Charlie McCann, Alex Lowry, and Leon King are a few of the Gers youngsters who have been given a chance by van Bronckhorst throughout 2022 and others will now be looking to follow in their footsteps.

King, in particular, has benefitted from the manager’s willingness to utilise the academy as he has made ten appearances for the Gers in all competitions, playing three times in the Champions League and five matches in the Premiership.

Whilst supporters may be getting excited about the potential of the 18-year-old enforcer, he is not the only young centre-back at Ibrox with the scope to become a key player for the senior squad in the future.

B Team central defender Connor Allan is another promising young player who could follow in King’s footsteps in the coming years and save Rangers millions in the transfer market, with the club recently showing faith in him by pinning him down to a new three-year contract.

Craig Mulholland heaped praise on the defender following the news, telling the club’s website: “We are delighted Connor has extended his contract at Rangers. Connor’s transition from being a midfield player to a centre back in the last 12 months has been carefully managed by our PDP coaching team and he has embraced it with the outstanding attitude he brings to all challenges.”

The Gers academy chief also claimed that he has “exciting development” to come and cited the player’s potential as one of the reasons behind the new deal.

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Gio van Bronckhorst coaching on the touchline for Rangers

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Allan is a Scotland U19 international and has played ten matches in the Lowland League so far this season, whilst also playing three times in the UEFA Youth League.

He has clearly impressed enough in those appearances to earn a fresh contract at Rangers and Mulholland believes that he has the potential to continue developing as a player, which suggests that he could make the step up to van Bronckhorst’s team in the future.

If the Dutch head coach offers him a chance in the side and is able to unearth the versatile youngster’s potential then he could save Ross Wilson millions in the transfer market.

Allan could make himself a serious first-team option and that would prevent the sporting director from needing to splash the cash on a new signing in his position, with the teenager potentially playing alongside King in the Premiership as a centre-back partnership in the years to come.