Rangers staff are getting excited about the potential of teenage star Aaron Lyall, Football Insider understands.
The 16-year-old forward is regarded as one of the shining lights of a crop of academy products who the club are convinced are destined for big things.
Ibrox sources have told Football Insider that Lyall is regarded by many as the possible pick of the bunch following the impressive strides he has made this year.
Lyall made headlines this summer when he was handed his debut by the club’s development side aged just 15 and scored as they ran out 5-1 winners.
Capped by Scotland at Under-16 level, he is a regular for Rangers Under-18s and has been playing above his age group for a long time.
The likes of academy chief Craig Mulholland and Under-20s boss Graeme Murty have high hopes about the potential of Lyall.
They regard him as a highly promising talent who can make it at first-team level and buck the trend of the club struggling to produce genuine top young players.
The last academy graduate to establish himself as a first-team regular was Barrie McKay, who made 140 appearances before his shock sale two years ago to Nottingham Forest.
Rangers have spent lots of money in recent years in buying young players, such as Glenn Middleton and Jake Hastie, rather than turning to those brought through the ranks.