Rangers have reportedly secured a deal to bolster their youth ranks at Ibrox during the summer transfer window…
According to The Sun, the Light Blues have won the race to land sought-after teenager Lancelot Pollard ahead of the 2022/23 campaign.
The report claims that the Gers have snapped the gem up as Ross Wilson has agreed on a deal with Aberdeen for his services.
Premier League clubs Liverpool and Manchester United, among others, were keen on the talent and have missed out on a deal with Rangers now set to pay a six-figure fee to their fellow Premiership club.
The Gers head coach will surely be buzzing with this news for multiple reasons.
Firstly, this deal shows that Wilson is looking ahead to the future with recruitment. The Light Blues chief is not focussing solely on signings for the here and now as he is attempting to improve the standard in the youth ranks at Ibrox.
Van Bronckhorst will love this as he has shown a willingness to bring young players through into the first team. In the 3-1 win over Hearts earlier this month, the boss handed out minutes to Adam Devine, Alex Lowry, Leon King, Ross McCausland, Cole McKinnon, Charlie McCann and Tony Weston.
This shows that he wants to have a clear pathway through to the senior squad for the talented youngsters in the B Team and this is why he will be buzzing with Wilson’s desire to add more talent to the reserve team.
Another reason why he will be delighted with this deal is that Pollard could be an excellent signing for the Glasgow giants.
The Sun’s report also states that he was one of the ‘top talents’ in Aberdeen’s youth academy and that Rangers were impressed by his performances at U18 level. This suggests that they believe he has the potential to make the step up to the first team in the future.
Interest from Liverpool and Manchester United also illustrates his scope for development as two huge Premier League clubs – including one that played in the Champions League final this year – wanted him to join them.
Therefore, snapping him up looks set to be a big coup for Rangers and van Bronckhorst will be hoping that he can develop into a player capable of making the first-team set-up in the years to come.