Rangers have opened talks to sign Liverpool-born rising star Tony Weston, Football Insider can reveal.

The young forward, 16, has already made his first-team debut at Blackpool even though he does not turn 17 until September.

Ibrox sources have told Football Insider that Rangers are working on signing Weston when the League One season ends.

 

It remains up in the air whether the English third tier will recommence amid the uncertainty caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Weston has caught the attention of talent spotters north and south of the border with his precocious performances.

Speaking in November, ex-Blackpool manager Simon Grayson said he “knows for sure” that there are other clubs watching Weston.

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Born in Liverpool, he joined Blackpool as a junior and has won numerous academy Player of the Year awards throughout his time at Bloomfield Road.

He made his senior bow as a substitute in an FA Cup clash in January and trains with the first-team squad.

Weston cannot sign a professional deal with Blackpool until his 17th birthday.

However, Scottish rules allow clubs north of the border to tie young stars to professional terms at the age of 16.

Rangers took advantage of this to secure their own home-grown star Leon King to a pro deal earlier this year despite an avalanche of interest from top Premier League clubs as well as those on the Continent.

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