The Athletic’s Jordan Campbell has claimed that the shot-stopper is keen to seal a switch away from Ibrox ahead of the 2022/23 campaign.
He Tweeted: “Rangers goalkeeper Jack McConnell is on the lookout for a new club. He was the 18’s first pick last season and was in goal as they won the Scottish Cup. Only 18 and has good distribution. Is understood to be interested in a move outside of Scotland to further his career.”
This comes a month after the news that Robby McCrorie wants to move on in search of first-team football after Allan McGregor signed a new contract with the club.
Academy forward Rory Wilson is also on the brink of signing for Aston Villa. Campbell recently Tweeted: “Rory Wilson will officially complete his move from Rangers to Aston Villa tomorrow. The 16-year-old has already undergone his medical in Glasgow and will travel to Birmingham today. Will start with the U23s initially. Deal worth guaranteed £350k but could rise to seven figures.”
The Gers head coach will be left feeling frustrated by McConnell’s decision as the exits now appear to be piling up, with Wilson and McCrorie both potentially on their way out.
Van Bronckhorst will be particularly gutted with the goalkeeping situation. McGregor, 40, and Jon McLaughlin, 35, are the club’s first-choice goalkeepers and the club now look set to lose their succession plan.
The pair are both heading towards the end of their respective careers and neither McCrorie nor McConnell are willing to wait for them to move out of the way.
This means that Rangers will need to dip into the market, when the time comes, to replace them instead of having a ready-made replacement already in the building.
McConnell is seemingly highly-rated at Ibrox, given Campbell’s comments and the fact that he has been called up by Scotland at U16 and U17 level.
He is a promising, up-and-coming, goalkeeper and that is why van Bronckhorst will be frustrated by his prospective exit. The 18-year-old could be the long-term successor to McGregor but the Gers may now have to watch him go elsewhere and potentially excel, whether that is south of the border or in Europe.