According to the Scottish Sun, the Light Blues are one of a number of clubs keen on snapping up 16-year-old Cameron Bruce from Queen’s Park.
The report claims that the Gers, and their Old Firm rivals, have already had one bid rejected for the gem, who is said to be one of the most wanted talents in the country.
It is stated that Queen’s Park do not want to cash in on the full-back but the Scottish giants are interested in a deal to snap him up, whilst teams from the Premier League are also monitoring the situation.
If the Gers can convince the Championship outfit to change their stance by coming back with a tempting offer for his services, Ross Wilson could land the eventual heir to Borna Barisic’s throne at left-back at Ibrox.
The Croatia international joined the club in the 2018/19 campaign and has been the go-to option for the majority of his time in Glasgow – playing 162 times to date in all competitions.
However, he turns 30 in November, and this swoop for Bruce may be Gio van Bronckhorst and Wilson thinking about what life will look like after Barisic.
By the time the Scottish left-back reaches the age of 21 the Light Blues man will be 34 and potentially heading towards the end of his career.
This means that the youngster could come in with a view to developing in the youth team, or out on loan, for a number of years before taking over in the first team – if he is able to fulfil his potential.
Labelled a “graceful” player by Queen’s Park Director of Football Marijn Beuker, Bruce made two appearances in League One last season as they secured promotion to the second tier and this shows how highly he is rated at the club.
The manager could have played a senior player out of position to maintain experience in the side instead of throwing a 16-year-old into a competitive match but opted to give him a chance to impress.
His first appearance was seemingly good enough to earn him a second one and he has also been rewarded with three caps for Scotland at U17 level.
The defender, who does not turn 17 until December, has also played well enough in those matches, along with his games at youth level, to make himself a sought-after commodity.
Therefore, he should have the scope to develop into a first-team quality player in the future if he is able to continue his progression and fulfil his potential, which is why he could be Barisic’s eventual heir and a worthwhile gamble for Wilson to make.