Glasgow Rangers added to the growing recruitment drive at the club on Friday by securing a deal for England youth international striker Nathan Young-Coombes from Chelsea.
The Gers announced on their Youth Academy Twitter that the 16-year-old forward had signed a two-and-a-half year contract.
When Young-Coombes trained with Rangers in December, he decided that if he was a success at Ibrox, he would leave London and go to Glasgow.
He was still only 15 when he arrived, and obviously passed his Gers trial period with flying colours.
Young-Coombes has appeared twice for England’s U15 side and will now feature in Rangers younger teams. He is signed until 30th of June 2021.
He plays with passion and is exceptionally talented, and is about to make his mark at the Rangers academy. He is hoping to reach his full potential playing with Rangers in Scotland.
The forward appeared as a late substitute for Rangers U20’s in the 4-2 win over Rapid Vienna from Austria, during his trial period.
He started out with London club Crystal Palace before moving to rivals Chelsea in 2017.
It’s a good opportunity for Young-Coombes to show Rangers fans what he can do during his lengthy contracted years.
Having already represented England at U15 level, he has now been called into their U16’s squad.
In a couple of years he could train with the first team, and fans should be happy to see that Rangers can pick up a good player from the Chelsea giants.
The Academy coaching staff seemed to know all about the lad and were most impressed by what he produced, before offering him a permanent deal.
International clearance should not be a major problem, particularly as Young-Coombes is an England youth player.
It would be superb if Young-Coombes finally reaches his full potential at Ibrox, and becomes a future star in the Rangers first team.
Steven Gerrard proved with 18-year-old winger Glenn Middleton, that if your good enough, he will have no hesitation in giving you a first team opportunity. He is a regular player now.
Young striker Zak Rudden came on for his Rangers debut against Bury in a pre-season friendly and scored a good goal. The 18-year-old is presently back on loan at Falkirk.
Midfielder Stephen Kelly made his first team debut as a substitute in a League Cup win over Ayr on 26 September 2018. 18-year-old Kelly is often training with the first team squad.
Last week 19-year-old right back Jordan Houston made his debut for Rangers, when Gerrard put him on as a late substitute in the Scottish Cup tie against Cowdenbeath.
20-year-old Serge Atakayi made his debut against Motherwell at Ibrox in a 7-1 win in November 2018. He is presently signed until June 2020.
Signing Young-Coombes proves that Rangers are serious about their determination to develop a top bunch of gifted youngsters.
Players like 21-year-old Nikola Katic and 23-year-old Eros Grezda both cost Rangers £1.5 million, and hopefully can play for many years together in a successful Rangers team.
Ross McCrorie (20), Ryan Kent (22), Lassana Coulibaly (22), Greg Docherty (22) on loan at Shrewsbury, Glen Kamara (23), all help to keep down the average age of the team.
Slightly older at 25 is Matt Polster and Connor Goldson and Ryan Jack are both only 26, but with loads of experience already.
The new coaching staff obviously see talented youth players as a long-term formula, to eventually bring the good times back to Rangers.
Perhaps in four or five years, the fans can expect to watch a younger, stronger, fitter, and passing the ball quicker style of Rangers team, strutting their stuff and winning silverware.