Rangers ended the season on a high, winning the Scottish Cup for the first time in 13 years, and while the squad are on their post-season holidays, Giovanni van Bronckhorst has already been busy fine-tuning his squad ahead of next season.
The Dutchman has handed out new contracts to Steven Davis, Scott Arfield, and Connor Goldson recently, with the news of a four-year deal for the centre-back being extremely well received by many of the Ibrox faithful.
The 18-year-old looked set to have his contract run out at the end of next season, but his fine form – especially in the UEFA Youth League, where he kept two clean sheets from five appearances – appears to have convinced Ross Wilson to keep him beyond 2023.
The plan is to extend his contract and send him out on loan next season to get some vital first-team experience. This will most likely be in the Scottish lower leagues, but it could be a good indication of his progression. Allan McGregor spent part of his early Rangers career out on loan, and it worked wonders for his confidence.
The goalkeeping situation at the club is complicated at the moment, and with McGregor unsure of his future, Jon McLaughlin could stake a claim for the number 1 jersey. Hopefully Hogarth has the talent to reach that level one day.
The youngster has represented Scotland at under-19 level recently and has also taken part in first-team training with the Gers, gaining some invaluable experience alongside veteran duo McGregor and McLaughlin.
The Ibrox faithful will surely be buzzing to hear this news that the club is putting faith in one of its brightest young prospects, and the 18-year-old could yet be McGregor 2.0 in Glasgow.
Wilson could end up saving the club a fortune by keeping hold of Hogarth, whose next objective will be to make sure that he impresses out on loan and comes back a better goalkeeper, ready to show that he can be Rangers’ long-term number one.