By Alex McLeish

10th Aug, 2021 | 10:25am

McLeish makes 'phenomenal' McCann claim after Rangers confirmation

Alex McLeish has claimed Charlie McCann has sealed a “phenomenal move” by joining Rangers from Manchester United.

The former Gers boss, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the 19-year-old needed a move to continue his development away from Old Trafford.

Rangers confirmed the capture of McCann from United on July 30th, with the teenager initially joining the B team at Ibrox.

As revealed by Football Insider (July 30th), Rangers will pay around £750,000 for the promising midfielder.

McCann had initially joined Manchester United as a 16-year-old from Coventry City.

McLeish suggested competition ahead of the youngster had perhaps stunted his progress with the Red Devils.

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He insisted the move to Rangers would be a huge shot in the arm for the teenager.

McLeish told Football Insider deputy editor Russell Edge: “There’s got to be a good reason for him leaving Man United.

“It would obviously be competition that’s ahead of him and something that could be blunting his progress.

“It’s a phenomenal move for him to go to Rangers, first and foremost, because players sometimes down the divisions.

“To go to a team like Rangers, it must give him another surge of confidence.

“We possibly won’t see him for a wee while but he’s a developing kid.”

McCann never played for United’s senior side but he did make 62 appearances across their various youth teams.

He made his debut for Rangers’ B side in a 2-1 win over East Kilbride on Sunday (August 8th).

He played the full 90 minutes as goals from Tony Weston and Adam Devine sealed the victory.

In other news, Football Insider can reveal Rangers in hot pursuit of an in-form striker.