Rangers have shown great ambition by tapping into the American market to complete a deal to sign Francis Jacobs from Orange County.

That is according to former Spurs and England number one Paul Robinson, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the 15-year-old’s prospective arrival at Ibrox.

The Athletic reported on Monday that the Gers have secured an agreement to sign the midfielder ahead of his 16th birthday in March.

However, Andrew Visnovsky has revealed that new Brexit laws could delay the player’s registration by two-and-a-half years.

At the very least, Jacobs’ move is set to be postponed by four months until the summer window.

When asked for his thoughts on the prospective arrival of the American teenager, Robinson told Football Insider:

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“He is not a player that we have seen a lot of but that just goes to show the scouting network that Rangers have now.

“We are talking about them signing the youngest ever professional player in America. It shows the ambition of the club by tapping into a different market.

“It is perhaps somewhere where other clubs do not extensively search but they are looking outside the box for top, young talent.” 

Jacobs is the youngest footballer in US history – he turned pro in August 2019 at the age of 14 years, four months and 29 days.

He has made two appearances for second-tier US side Orange County.

In other news, Frank McAvennie scorns five average Rangers players including a ‘big boy’ and one who has played his last game for the club.