Rangers exploit loophole to beat English clubs to forward signing, Ibrox deal signed

Rangers have taken advantage of a loophole to beat English clubs to the signing of Irish starlet Charlie Lindsay, Football Insider has learned.

The teenage attacker has attracted interest from north and south of the border after his huge promise led to him being handed his first-team debut for Northern Irish top-flight club Glentoran at the age of 15 years and five months.

Ibrox sources have told Football Insider that Lindsay, who turned 16 last month, has signed professional terms with the club, which he could not do with an English side until his 17th birthday.

 

Rangers rate Lindsay so highly they have agreed to hand him a three-year contract that is set to begin on 1 July.

The Glasgow giants have been hugely impressed by the performances of the starlet at age-group level.

He has been playing regularly for Rangers this season as a guest and was named best player at the Alkass International Cup in February after some outstanding displays while skippering the club’s Under-17s.

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The club’s coaches regard Lindsay as a huge talent and they are convinced he can establish himself in the first team in the coming years.

He predominantly operates on the left flank but can play anywhere across the forward line and is a regular creator and scorer of goals.

The Rangers board sanctioned the deal after tying their own academy product, Leon King, to pro terms last month despite strong interest from English big guns.

The club have been desperate to avoid a repeat of the situation in which Billy Gilmour quit to join Chelsea two years ago.

The midfielder has made a stunning impact for the first team of the Premier League giants and chalked up consecutive man-of-the-match awards for displays against Liverpool and Everton.

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