Hartlepool winger Jack Blackford has been named in Rangers’ squad for next week’s Hong Kong Soccer Sevens, with the Scottish side contemplating making a move for the 19-year-old this summer, according to the Scottish Sun.

The annual seven-a-side tournament, now in its 17th year, tends to be used to run the rule over talented youngsters, with previous participants including the likes of Aston Villa’s Gabriel Agbonlahor, Leicester City’s Marc Albrighton and former England international David Bentley.

Blackford has risen through Hartlepool’s youth academy, making two appearances for the first-team, with his most recent one coming during a 2-0 home defeat to Barnet, towards the end of last month.

The teenager has been linked with moves away from Victoria Park in the past, as he was rumoured to be attracting interest from Championship side Aston Villa, whilst last year, Premier League giants Manchester City were thought to be keen on adding the Englishman to their academy side.

Rangers have named a strong squad for the tournament, including teenage duo Jamie Barjonas and Aidan Wilson, who have both recently been handed their senior debuts by manager Pedro Caixinha, as they look to overcome a number of high-profile opponents.

Premier League sides West Ham and Leicester will also be represented in Hong Kong, whilst Olympique de Marseille and Bayer Leverkusen are two other major sides hoping to clinch the title.

Caixinha is expected to completely revamp his Rangers squad this summer, with big turnover in the playing squad set to take place.


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