Rangers look set to complete the signing of a teenage striker in the coming days, in what is undoubtedly an exciting deal for the Ibrox outfit.
According to Football Scotland, the Light Blues will complete the signing of 16-year-old Zak Lovelace imminently.
Cameron Bell will also join the youth ranks from Everton, as Rangers look to build towards the future.
Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side may have been quiet in the transfer window thus far in terms of senior incomings, with only John Souttar added to the first-team squad thus far, but there has seemingly been a lot of work done behind the scenes in bringing in some of the best young talent to Ibrox.
Bailey Rice, Cameron Cooper, Kieran Willox and Mason Munn have already joined the youth ranks but given Lovelace’s experience in the Championship with Millwall last term, he may well be the pick of the bunch.
He became the second-youngest ever player to feature for the Londoners’ senior side when he made his debut against Coventry aged just 15 last season, going on to make a further four appearances for the Lions before the end of the campaign.
While it is difficult to predict the career trajectory of anyone so young, it speaks volumes that Lovelace was deemed ready for the English Championship at such a young age, so he clearly has a lot of ability and potential.
Rocky McMillan, ex-chairman at the teenager’s former club Glebe, was very excited about his move to Ibrox, saying: “For Zak to get to a prestigious club like Rangers, who were in the final of the Europa League last season, is a magnificent achievement for him. It is great for us to see him doing so well and I wish him all the best up there.”
He also spoke highly of the forward’s ability to play at such a high level from a young age, saying: “Zak was doing it as a 12-year-old playing up age levels, just totally dominating the game with his physical attributes and his natural finishing ability.
“The guy has got a raw strength, an unbelievable strength, and even in the year above he was shrugging people off him.”
Therefore, while it will probably take some time before Lovelace features for the first team at Ibrox, he clearly has a lot of potential, so this signing could well prove to be a masterclass by Rangers’ sporting director Ross Wilson.