Glasgow Rangers appear to have fended off interest from both Everton and Aston Villa in highly-rated youngster Cole McKinnon.
The 17-year-old was said to be on the radar of the two Premier League clubs, with him having just one year left on his deal. Carlo Ancelotti is said to be fan of the youngster, whilst it was even thought that the teenager could emulate Billy Gilmour, who has started Premier League matches for Chelsea since making the move to London.
However, it appears that McKinnon will be staying put for now, with him signing a two-year extension that will see him remain under contract until 2022.
Whilst McKinnon is unlikely to break into Steven Gerrard’s first team any time soon, this is a hugely important statement from the Ibrox outfit. In recent times, they have struggled to keep on to their star academy players – Gilmour is the obvious example, whilst Kai Kennedy is set on leaving the 54-time Scottish champions due to a lack of playing time, despite being offered a new deal himself.
Are you happy to hold on to Cole McKinnon?
McKinnon himself has already impressed with his performances at youth level, helping the Gers win the prestigious ALKASS Cup just last year. That does not always translate to being successful in the professional game, of course, but the Gers will never find out if they can’t hold on to those who shine at a young age. This is no doubt a win for Ross Wilson and company.
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