An update has emerged on Glasgow Rangers and attempts to secure the future of one of their young academy talents…
According to Football Scotland, the Light Blues are preparing to offer a contract to B team striker Robbie Ure to avoid him leaving at the end of the season.
The report claims that the Gers view him as a ‘rising star’ and want to keep him at Ibrox on a new deal, as his current one is due to expire next summer.
However, it remains to be seen whether or not the player is willing to extend his stay in Glasgow and how many years the club are willing to commit to fresh terms.
Alfredo Morelos is out of contract at the end of the campaign and it remains to be seen whether or not the club will be offering him an extension.
The striker, who has scored 14 goals and provided eight assists in 38 Premiership outings since the start of last season, has proven that he can make a big impact at the top end of the pitch and his departure would leave a gap in the squad.
Morelos has plundered 115 goals and 52 assists in 243 matches in all competitions for the Light Blues and it would be ambitious to expect Ure to make the step up and have a similar impact.
However, Rangers now have Antonio Colak, who has scored 11 times in 14 top-flight games for the club, and this means that the youngster could jump up to the first-team and provide competition for the Croatian, rather than being needed to immediately be the first choice.
Ure, who was hailed as “magic” by Scott Arfield in an interview after a win over Queen of the South earlier this season, could, therefore, save the Gers millions by taking up Morelos’ place in the squad after putting pen to paper on a new deal.
The 18-year-old emerging as a senior option would alleviate the need for Wilson to dip into the market to sign a replacement for the Colombian and the teen’s statistics at youth level suggest that the dynamo has the potential to make the step up.
He has scored 13 goals and produced eight assists in 22 games across the Lowland League and UEFA Youth League, whilst he has also scored once in two first-team outings after finding the back of the net against Queen of the South in the League Cup.
Ure has been on fire in front of goal, scoring and assisting goals on a regular basis, and this indicates that he could be ready to make the leap to regular action in Michael Beale’s squad.
Therefore, pinning him down to a contract extension could save Wilson millions as it would keep him around as a first-team striker and provide the head coach with an in-house Morelos heir.