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Rangers: Ibrox side leading the race to land teenage gem

A big update has emerged on Rangers and their chances of bringing a teen talent to Ibrox in the summer transfer window.

What’s the talk?

According to Football Insider, Rangers are leading the race to secure a deal to sign Bailey Rice ahead of the 2022/23 campaign.

The report claims that the Light Blues are now the favourites to sign the defender before pinning him down to a professional deal when he turns 16 in October.

It is claimed that their Old Firm rivals Celtic and a number of unnamed clubs from the Premier League are also keen on the Motherwell gem, whilst Manchester City have been linked with him in the past.

Gio van Bronckhorst will be excited

The Light Blues head coach will be excited by this news as it suggests that the club are closing in on a deal to bring a very talented young player to Ibrox.

Van Bronckhorst has shown a willingness to develop youth team players in Glasgow and Alex Lowry’s rise in 2022 was evidence of that.

The 19-year-old central midfielder played four games in the Premiership and averaged an excellent SofaScore rating of 7.05 – scoring one goal and assisting another.

He was one of seven B Team players who played in the 3-1 win over Hearts on the final day of the 2021/22 league campaign. Lowry and Cole McKinnon both scored in the victory as the Dutch head coach proved that he is prepared to throw young players in to give them a chance to stake a claim for their place at senior level.

Therefore, he will be excited to see another talent come through in the form of Rice. The 15-year-old has clearly shown a lot of promise for Motherwell’s academy sides, in order to attract a high volume of interest, and could be an excellent signing for the future.

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Gio van Bronckhorst coaching on the touchline for Rangers

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At the age of 15, he still has plenty of years left before he will even be expected to compete in the first team and this means that van Bronckhorst can work with him on the training pitch and enjoy watching his development in the seasons to come.

The gem, who has been dubbed a “prospect” by journalist Mark Hendry, has captained Scotland at youth level and currently plays for the U17s. This shows that he is highly rated by his country and is displaying good leadership skills at a young age.

Hopefully, Wilson can now get this deal over the line and the Rangers manager can then get to work on helping Rice to fulfil his potential.

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