Why Rangers should go all out to sign Josh O’Connor?
According to the Edinburgh Evening News, Rangers and Chelsea are set to go head-to-head in a transfer tug of war over Hibernian wonder kid Josh O’Connor, who is the son of former Scotland forward Garry O’Connor.
However, the same report claims that Hibernian are keen to hold on to the 15-year-old academy striker and the capital club already has a five-year deal on the table for the starlet, who featured regularly for their U-14 side last season.
As well as helping Hibernian U-14s to a victory in the 2018 Foyle Cup with 7 goals, O’Connor also made his cut into the club’s U-18 team at the tender age of 14, something that lies testament to his obvious talent and burgeoning reputation at the youth level.
O’Connor has already earned rave reviews from several scouts in Europe, with many regarding him as a player with the potential to go on and play at the highest level in his homeland.
Now, as the story goes, the 15-year-old’s scintillating run of form at the youth level hasn’t gone unnoticed, with Chelsea and Rangers prepared to lure him away from Easter Road with lucrative promises.
However, as per the report, the player’s father has made it clear that his son is unflustered by the speculation over his future and he is going to weigh up his options carefully before making a call on his next step in football.
Meanwhile, Rangers have enjoyed a promising start to the new campaign, with the Gers maintaining a perfect record after three games in the Scottish Premiership.
Steven Gerrard’s side are currently brimming with confidence and they will be looking to carry the positives from a good start into the first Old Firm derby of the season against Celtic on Sunday.
As far as their European adventure is concerned, Rangers will need to beat Polish side Legia Warsaw in the second leg of the playoff at home to progress through to the group stages of the competition after a goalless first leg in Poland last week.
The Gers drove past St. Joseph’s, Progres and FC Midtjylland with ease in the previous qualifying rounds and they will be fancying their chances to outclass the Poles and keep their European dream intact.
The fans at Ibrox have every reason to be happy with the kind of impact that some of the new signings, especially Joe Aribo, has made in the opening weeks of the campaign and if Rangers can keep up the good work, they might be in with a real chance of beating Celtic to the title this time around.
Indeed, Rangers made as many as eight new signings this summer to bolster their senior ranks but the Gers also need to work towards unearthing young talents from all corners of the globe in order to supplement their youth ranks with a few gems to polish for the future.
With that in mind, O’Connor, who is a homegrown talent, fits the bill perfectly at Ibrox and Rangers might have a star on their hands in the future if he goes on to fulfil his promise in the years to follow.
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Now that it’s been three years since they have been back to the mainstream of Scottish football, Rangers need to lay down a solid platform for the future and it is easy to see why the acquisition of the promising 15-year-old would be a step in the right direction for the club.