Alan Hutton has claimed Steven Davis and company can be great mentors for wonderkid Francis Jacobs as he closes in on a potential move to Rangers.
The former Gers defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the link with US club Orange County was starting to prove its worth.
As reported by The Athletic‘s Jordan Campbell, Rangers have agreed a deal to sign the 15-year-old and the move is expected to be completed later this year.
Rangers have agreed a deal to sign Orange County teenager Francis Jacobs, the youngest professional player in US soccer history, @TheAthleticUK understands.
The midfielder signed a pro deal at just 14 and impressed when he competed with Rangers.https://t.co/Aq50SrTRK2
— Jordan Campbell (@JordanC1107) February 22, 2021
Jacobs signed a professional contract at just 14-years-old back in 2019, making him the youngest pro in the history of US football.
Jacobs has already spent time training with Rangers and turned out for the under-16s at the prestigious Alkass International Cup tournament.
Hutton has now suggested the clubs’ agreement appears to be paying off.
Hutton told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “There’s always pressure within a big team but you want to join them when they’re on top.
“You want to learn from the best, the likes of Steven Davis and the guys who are already there.
“He’s only 15, it’s potential. He is one for the future but to bring him into a winning environment only makes you a better player.
“They’ve obviously got that relationship with Orange County over there that they’re linked together.
“I think is a really good relationship and it’s something that can work in the future.
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) December 23, 2019
“It’s a great opportunity for him, one being so young. It’s about coming over and learning off some of the best players.
“He is a prospect, it is for the future. At 15, you’re not going into the Rangers first-team. It’s about improving yourself.”