Glasgow Rangers youngster James Maxwell has agreed to sign his second professional contract by extending his original two-year deal by an extra 12 months, the Scottish club have confirmed.
The 17-year-old is a versatile teenager who has definitely done enough to convince Craig Mulholland and the coaches of his ability.
After the new deal offered to Maxwell, the Rangers starlet’s contract will now expire in the summer of 2021.
When you consider the high standard of youngsters now plying their trade in the Gers academy, lots of the praise must go to all the staff involved.
Steven Gerrard and Mark Allan are also contributing to everything at Rangers, with their knowledge of the younger groups at Liverpool and Manchester City.
April and May is usually the agonising time when academy players are either offered professional deals, or told they will not make it at their current club.
With the success of the youngsters presently assembled at Ibrox, other clubs were surely starting to look at the possibility of acquiring some of them, hence the extension contracts
Rangers are securing the best of the rest and the cream of the crop, with deals for the players who will succeed at the Hummel Training Centre.
Maxwell is one of the academy boys who takes in everything he is told and has an impeccable attitude towards being a Rangers player.
He certainly has the right character and works extremely hard during all the training routines and gives 100 per cent effort in all games.
He played in the U18 side that won 3-2 against Celtic at Hampden in the Scottish Youth Cup Final, plus the academy title and a place in the UEFA Youth League.
Maxwell’s performances got him involved with Graeme Murty’s reserves winning the SPFL Reserve League on the final day of the season by triumphing 3-1 against Falkirk.
Rangers are not the easiest club to play for and some players don’t always show up on the big occasions – but Maxwell at only 17, does.
If you’re good enough, you have more chance of staying at Rangers. Maxwell can play almost anywhere and can also be the anchorman.
Ross McCrorie and Glenn Middleton proved last season that it’s possible to make the transition from the youth team to the first team.