Glasgow Rangers are reportedly now behind in the race to sign Josh Stones this summer.
The Lowdown: Plotting move
It has previously been reported that the Teddy Bears are plotting a move to bring Stones to Ibrox, but face competition for his signature.
The striker is impressing at National League North side Guiseley, where he was scoring goals for fun earlier this term, while he also plays for England at youth level, and put in an ‘excellent‘ performance against Crystal Palace Academy last month after scoring in a 1-1 draw.
The Latest: Wigan ahead
As per Football Insider, Wigan Athletic are now leading the race to sign Stones ahead of Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s team, Sunderland and Blackburn Rovers.
A recruitment source has revealed that the Latics are in ‘pole position’, and are ‘favourites’ to agree a deal.
Stones ‘impressed’ during a training stint there, and the English League One club are now ‘keen’ to offer him a contract.
The Verdict: Blow
It is certainly a blow for the Teddy Bears that they now look set to miss out on Stones.
At just 18 years of age, he is clearly one for the future going by his plaudits so far and the intense interest in his services, and has already shown a lot of promise at youth level.
Should Rangers sign Stones?
Stones was rewarded with a place on the bench in Guiseley’s FA Cup first-round game against League One side AFC Wimbledon back in November, who play three divisions above them, and so he is clearly destined for a good career in senior football.
Nonetheless, the Gers will now be hoping that it is not too late to persuade him to play in Scotland instead.
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