Rangers confirmed on their official website rangers.co.uk on Monday that three young talents from the club’s Academy have joined California-based outfit Orange County Soccer Club on loan for the 2020 season, with the news also shared on Twitter via @RangersFC and @orangecountysc.
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) February 3, 2020
Cammy Palmer, Danny Finlayson and Matthew Shiels will all play for the American club in the upcoming United Soccer League Championship season, the second tier of the USA football pyramid beneath Major League Soccer. Rangers and Orange County SC announced the formation of a strategic partnership in December which is intended to give some of the Ibrox club’s Academy prospects a chance to gain first team experience in California (as per rangers.co.uk).
Midfielder Palmer had a loan spell at Partick Thistle in the first half of the 2019/20 season, scoring once in 20 games, while fellow Northern Ireland youngster Finlayson featured regularly in the Light Blues’ UEFA Youth League campaign. Left-back Shiels made nine appearances for Dumbarton during a loan spell in the concluding months of 2019.
These Rangers fans on Twitter are pleased to see the young trio getting an opportunity to play in the U.S. for the next few months:
Amazing opportunity for the three of them. Great for their development in lots of ways.
— Bruce Burns (@brucers9) February 3, 2020
Making use of that partnership, fair play
— Alfredco Morelos (@Pena_Cartel) February 3, 2020
Great way to use the partnership to the benefit of the players and the clubs involved.
— Gaultyboy (@StevieGaultPal) February 3, 2020
Great learning in a load of different ways. All the best lads
— Scotty T (@ScottyTrfc) February 3, 2020
Good luck to all three and hopefully it gives you time to improve. Great opportunity 👍
— Curtis (@1872Curtis) February 3, 2020
What an experience for the lads
— Chris McLaughlin (@Chr1sMcLaughlin) February 3, 2020
Should be a great learning experience . Hopefully a good move for both teams!
— Highwayman (@Oahu_mike) February 3, 2020
Like this! All the best 👍
— Aaron (@Samp_Calcio) February 3, 2020
Are you glad to see the young Rangers trio going to Orange County SC on loan? Do you think they could forge a way into the first team at Ibrox in the future? Have your say by commenting below!
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