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26th May, 2018 | 3:40pm

Rangers should launch summer swoop for 19-year-old defender after breakthrough season


Hibernian defender Ryan Porteous had his breakthrough season with the Easter Road side in the campaign just ended – and Gers director of football Mark Allen should try to bring the 19-year-old to Ibrox.

Porteous won rave reviews for his performances for Neil Lennon’s side – making nine appearances for the Hibs first-team – as well as being a stand-out in the Under-20.

The defender is unlikely to immediately come into the starting side at Ibrox but would be a fantastic addition to the squad as he continues his development.

The Easter Road side aren’t expected to want to part company with the teenager but if the Gers can make a solid offer – potentially using some of the players in the squad with no future at Ibrox as a makeweight – then the Light Blues should look to get him across the M8.

At only 19, Porteous has a big future ahead of him and is certain to play more first-team football this season – whether he is at Easter Road or not.

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The Gers have already struggled to secure some of their reported targets ahead of Steven Gerrard’s arrival as manager and although the focus should be on getting players in to immediately improve the first-team, Porteous is one who can be a huge asset for the Gers in the future.

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