New Rangers signing gives huge boost to club ahead of summer tour

By Alex Stevens

New Rangers signing Matt Crooks has given the club a major boost ahead of their pre-season tour of the United States.

The Accrington Stanley youngster will make the move from League Two to the Scottish Premiership in the summer after agreeing a switch to Ibrox along with his team-mate Josh Windass.

Central  midfielder Crooks suffered an ankle injury in March that ruled him out for the rest of the season.

But the 22-year-old has revealed on social networking site Twitter that his operation was successful and that he is looking forward to making a full recovery.

Rangers are hopeful Crooks will be able to play some part in their tour of the United States, which begins soon after Mark Warburton’s side return to pre-season training on 18 June.

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Crooks is regarded as one of the most promising young players in the Football League on the back of a fine campaign for Stanley.

He has been a mainstay of the League Two side, making 35 appearances and scoring a highly creditable eight goals from midfield.

The former Manchester United academy player agreed a pre-contract with Rangers in January as part of a double deal with Windass.