By James Black
Rangers’ Head of Academy Craig Mulholland has revealed a spate of Rangers’ promising young players are set to follow Aidan Wilson’s lead and sign new deals with the Ibrox club.
Wilson penned a one-year extension to his contract on Tuesday to keep him at the club until 2020 and Mulholland admits it’s an exciting time for the Academy.
The 18-year-old is one of a number of homegrown talents to make their first-team debut for the Gers in recent months and Mulholland believes it proves that there is an ever-improving pathway for young players at Rangers.
“Aidan is one of a few who we are talking to at the moment, and we got him over the line first,” Mulholland said, as quoted by Rangers’ official website.
“There will be a number of young players who will be signing new contracts over the next couple of weeks.
Rangers have given serious consideration to their Academy over the last 18 months with the club embarking on an ambitious programme of games against elite sides from across England and continental Europe.
The young Gers have already come up against the likes of Liverpool, Manchester City, and Feyenoord with further games against teams the calibre of Benfica, Tottenham and AZ Alkmaar.
Wilson, Jamie Barjonas, Kyle Bradley, Myles Beerman and Ross McCrorie have all made their first-team debuts in recent months with others like Serge Atakayi and Andy Dallas unused substitutes for the senior squad at the tail-end of last season.
Wilson was a stand-out for Graeme Murty’s Under-20’s last season and worked incredibly hard to force his way into, first, the Under-20’s starting XI then the first-team starting XI.
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