Rangers starlet Ciaran Dickson is not expected to feature for the club again after Graeme Murty gave the go-ahead for him to leave.
Football Insider exclusively revealed earlier this week that the midfielder, 18, has headed to Sheffield United for a trial after being told to find a new club.
Dickson has a contract with Rangers that runs until the end of the season but he has not played in recent ‘B’ team matches.
Delighted to have signed my first professional contract at Rangers⚽️ pic.twitter.com/KfklAlrhHJ
— Ciaran Dickson (@Ciaran_Dickson) April 8, 2018
Ibrox sources have told Football Insider that Dickson has been told by Under-20s manager Murty he is surplus to requirements.
His potential exit has caused a stir among Rangers fans who saw him as a potential star of the future.
The versatile midfielder is a Scotland youth international and among a crop of young players at the club hailed by Murty and academy director Craig Mulholland as the best at Ibrox for many years.
It now appears unlikely Dickson will represent Rangers again at any level.
He has been invited to train at Sheffield United, where the club’s academy coaching staff will take a close look at the teenager and make up their minds whether he should be offered a contract.
Dickson, who signed a professional contract with Rangers in 2018 shortly before he turned 16, has been capped by Scotland at Under-19s and Under-17s level.
United have another Rangers academy product on their books in star midfielder John Fleck, who quit his boyhood club aged 18 to first join Blackpool.
Now 29, Fleck has been a mainstay of Chris Wilder’s side in their remarkable journey from League One to the top half of the Premier League.