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Rangers: Gio van Bronckhorst could strike gold with Jack Wylie

Glasgow Rangers manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst has shown a willingness to give players from the academy a chance to shine during his time at the club so far.

The Dutch head coach has dished out minutes to the likes of Alex Lowry, Charlie McCann, and Leon King throughout 2022 and has shown that there is a clear pathway to the first-team for young players.

Adam Devine is another talented prospect the ex-Feyenoord boss has handed game time to and he recently signed a new three-year contract at Ibrox, with sporting director Ross Wilson stating that he is making “excellent progress” at the club.

The right-back played twice in the Premiership last season and has been on the bench for all three of the team’s Champions League group stage matches this term.

At the age of 19, he is an up-and-coming defender who is looking to follow in the footsteps of Nathan Patterson, who came up through the ranks at Ibrox before sealing a £16m move to Premier League side Everton.

However, Rangers may have another full-back in their ranks, aside from Devine, with the potential to earn the club millions in the future – Jack Wylie.

The 15-year-old gem, who has been described as a “sensation” by journalist Pete O’Rourke, plays for the U17s and is a U16 international for Scotland.

Football Insider recently claimed that Leeds United and Arsenal are both interested in signing the youngster after being impressed by his performances for Rangers and Scotland at youth level.

The Gunners have reportedly been monitoring the defender and have sent scouts to watch him in action ahead of a potential swoop for the talent.

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Gio van Bronckhorst coaching on the touchline for Rangers

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This suggests that he is putting in exceptional performances for the Light Blues and his country at full-back, and showing that he has the potential to make the step up to first-team football in the future, which is why Premier League clubs want to sign him.

Wilson, along with van Bronckhorst, must convince him to remain in Glasgow by putting pen to paper on a professional contract when he turns 16 in January 2023, as that would stop Arsenal and Leeds from being able to snap him up without negotiating a fee.

The sought-after dynamo appears to be a player with huge potential and the interest in his services from teams south of the border suggests that he could be the club’s next Patterson if Rangers can keep hold of him for the next few years.

If the Light Blues can secure his short-term future with a professional deal and he is able to make the step up to senior football then van Bronckhorst could strike gold by unleashing him in the first team, subsequently putting him in the shop window for other teams to spend big money on, following in Patterson’s footsteps.

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