By Noel Whelan

10th Apr, 2020 | 4:27pm

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Rangers have pulled off a “massive” coup by securing a deal for Irish youngster Charlie Lindsay, according to Noel Whelan. 

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Aberdeen hitman claimed that signing the 15-year-old prodigy would be a serious statement of intent from the Gers, and could prove to be a very profitable piece of business in the future.

The Scottish Sun reported earlier in the week that Steven Gerrard’s men had wrapped up a three-year deal for the versatile attacker after he impressed during a trial spell with the club in February.

The teenager drew comparisons to Wayne Rooney for his impressive goalscoring abilities, and Whelan is of the opinion that he could prove to be a fantastic asset for the Light Blues sooner rather than later.

When asked how much of a coup Lindsay’s arrival would be during an interview with Football Insider, he said: “Massive.

“I mean, look, you want to be first, and you want to be a desirable football club. Sometimes you’ve got to get a step ahead and you’ve got to show that intent that they’re going to be giants again.

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“At 15 years of age he is one for the future, but also, we’ve seen players at 16 getting chances in the Premier League this season. Lads at that age are playing against men.

“That’s a massive signing. It’s a big statement saying he’s going to be the next Wayne Rooney, but if it does come to fruition, then they’ve got a real player and a lot of profit on their hands if they decide to sell further down the line.”


Lindsay currently plies his trade with Glentoran in Ireland, and made his first team debut at the age of 15 years, five months and 24 days.

He is expected to join up with Gerrard’s squad after celebrating his 16th birthday in July.

In other Rangers news, ‘From what I’m hearing…’ – Alan Hutton reacts to ‘Exciting’ Gers swoop.