Former Glasgow Rangers defender Steven Pressley has told the Ibrox giants to make a move for young Carlisle centre-half Jarrad Branthwaite.
The ex-Ger used to manage Carlisle, where the teenager is making a name for himself, and firmly believes that the Glasgow giants should secure the rising star now, before he gets more expensive.
“He is on the radar of so many clubs down south, so it’s no surprise to me that Celtic and Rangers would be looking at him too,” Pressley told Herald Scotland.
I haven’t heard from either side of the Old Firm yet, but if you are asking me if I think they should act quickly to get him during this window, then I would say absolutely”.
There’s a gamble involved with every young player, especially when buying them from a lower league, but financially this move could work out well for Rangers.
With Pressley claiming Branthwaite will be a future England player, the move has the making of an excellent long-term business investment.
Rangers have done some excellent business by scouring the English Football League and bringing the likes of Joe Aribo, George Edmundson and others to Ibrox.
As the Gers are working on a relatively tight transfer budget, investing in young stars and helping them develop in Glasgow, before selling them at a profit, makes sense.
There is little doubting that should Branthwaite have the potential to be a future international player, Rangers is an excellent place for him to develop.
But the question remains – will the Gers take Pressley’s advice and can they beat a host of other reported suitors to the rising star’s signature?