Attacker on books of English club named in Rangers squad - report
By Harvey Byrne
Rangers could make an attempt to sign Hartlepool attacker Jack Blackford after naming him in their squad for the Hong Kong Soccer Sevens, according to a report.
The Sun has claimed that the Gers have drafted the 19-year-old winger into their youth squad which will face the likes of West Ham, Leicester and Bayer Leverkusen in Hong Kong for the tournament which is set to start on May 26.
Youth stars Jamie Barjonas and Aidan Wilson have also been named in the team, but it is the name of Blackford which is catching the attention.
The teenager has been on the Hartlepool books since he was nine and has even featured twice for the Pools’ senior team with his debut for the club coming in April 2016.
He has also had loan spells at each of Whitby Town and Darlington alongside a trial with the Manchester City youth team, while Championship giants Aston Villa were also once linked with a move.
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Blackford will now be looking to impress the Rangers coaching staff in Hong Kong with his contract at Hartlepool expiring at the end of next month.
Football Insider verdict:
Rangers will be looking for players who they feel can improve their side this summer and they will also be looking for individuals who they think can grow into prominent stars. Now, it could be the signings like Blackford who could prove to be the most important for the Glasgow giants this summer with the future in mind. If the teenager goes on to impress Rangers coaches in Hong Kong then he has the potential to star for the club for years. Additionally, with his contract running out it is likely that he will be able to agree a pre-contract deal at the Gers, meaning they can sign another player from England for nothing.
In other Rangers transfer news, a manager has confirmed Caixinha held talks with this 63-time capped international.