Glasgow Rangers are reportedly trying to persuade exciting youngster Jack Wylie to remain at Ibrox, amid some interest from a number of English suitors.
The Lowdown: Wylie a huge talent
The 15-year-old is one of the most exciting young players at Ibrox right now – even Fabrizio Romano has called him a ‘top talent‘ – with big things perhaps expected of him in the coming years.
Understandably, Wylie hasn’t yet made a first-team appearance for Rangers given his age, but the hope is that he could grow into a future stalwart for the Premiership giants.
However, the hype surrounding the teenager means that there is pre-existing interest from English clubs, which has left the Gers with a battle on their hands to keep hold of him.
The Latest: Rangers desperate to keep Wylie
According to Football Insider on Friday morning, Rangers are ‘pulling out all the stops’ to retain Wylie’s services, although his age means that they can’t yet offer him a professional contract until his 16th birthday on New Year’s Day.
He has ‘caught the eye’ of Premier League suitors but the Gers are ‘rolling out of the red carpet for him’ in a bid to persuade him that staying at Ibrox is best for his development.
The Verdict: Could be hard to stop him leaving
This is a tough situation for Rangers, with the ball very much in the court of Wylie and his representatives in terms of what their next decision will be.
The lure of the Premier League can be difficult to turn down, as seen with previous Ibrox academy gems like Billy Gilmour, and the 15-year-old may find it difficult to say no if one of the biggest clubs from the English top flight comes knocking.
In terms of his development, though, staying at Rangers would likely mean a sooner chance of regular first-team football for a youngster, so staying put for the time being makes more sense, allowing him to mature on the training pitch rather than upping stick to a new environment where first-team opportunities could be sparse to non-existent.