By Alex Stevens

Jordan Thompson is keen to nail down a regular place at Rangers next season and ignite his career at the club.

The 19-year-old midfielder was loaned out to second tier outfit Airdrieonians in the second half of the campaign.

But Thompson suffered an ankle injury in February, which curtailed his season and forced him to return to his parent club.

He stepped up his recovery by playing the final half-hour of Wednesday’s 4-3 friendly win over Tottenham and is now targeting a first-team spot next season.

“The loan was going well before I got injured, obviously it was different from playing at Rangers but it was a great bunch of boys I was playing with and a great club,” Thompson told the Rangers website.

“I want to go into next season flying and break into the first team properly; hopefully I get a good pre-season, go to America and stay injury free.”

The former Manchester United youth player made seven appearances in his short time at the Excelsior Stadium and scored one stunning goal.

He spent his early teens with the 20 times English champions before moving to his boyhood club in Glasgow and has made two appearances for Rangers to date.

Thompson is now keen to use his appearance against Tottenham as the springboard to breaking into the Rangers side.

“I played the last half an hour against Spurs and everything was fine, I just need to get my fitness back up,” he told the Rangers website.

“I have been out for four weeks and it has actually healed quite well, once I did it I thought I would be out for the rest of the season but it feels okay.

“For me personally it was a blow too so I’m very glad to be back and getting some game time against Spurs.”

In other Rangers news, the Scottish giants are closing in on the transfer of Joey Barton.