By Richard Parks

Teenage midfielder James Maxwell has agreed the terms of a professional contract with Rangers, it has been confirmed.

The Scottish giants announced on their official academy account on Friday evening that Maxwell, 17, has signed a two-year deal that runs until the summer of 2020.

Football Insider verdict:

It is that agonising time of year when academy players are handed professional deals, or told they will not make it. Rangers have been busy tying down the cream of their scholars to contracts with a flurry of agreements in recent weeks for those they believe have the talent and mentality to cut it at one of Britain’s most iconic clubs. Maxwell is not one of the academy players who has caught the wider attention of those who follow Rangers, but he has done enough to convince Craig Mulholland and company of his ability. For the youngster and his peers, the hard work starts now. Rangers are an unforgiving club, and there is no fast-track or easy steps. But if you’re good enough, you’ll make it, with versatile defender and midfield anchorman Ross McCrorie proving this season that it is possible to make a seamless transition from the youth ranks to the first team.

In other Rangers news, the club are working on a stunning deal to sign an English powerhouse centre-back from seventh-placed club after Gerrard gives the green light.

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