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Rangers should hand 17-year-old chance instead of signing Stewart Downing

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Rangers should hand 17-year-old chance instead of signing Stewart Downing

The ex-Middlesbrough man has been linked with a move to Glasgow, although the rumours have now been quashed.

Rangers will be in the market for several new additions during the transfer window. Boss Steven Gerrard will aim to finally topple Celtic at the top of the Premiership next season and he must bolster his ranks.

Back in March, Gerrard was linked with a move for his former Liverpool team-mate Stewart Downing, according to Teesside Live.

Yesterday a Sky Sports journalist indicated that the interest hasn’t wavered and Rangers are among a clutch of clubs vying for his signature. Keith Downie tweeted:


The tweet proved to be completely fabricated. The Scottish Sun this morning ran a story claiming that Downing was not a target for the Gers.

The Teddy Bears quite simply don’t need the left-winger. At 34-years-old, Downing is in the twilight of his career and Rangers already have ample experience within their ranks.

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What the Gers also have is a superb academy system and that should be utilised instead of signing Downing; who hasn’t really done a great deal during the last couple of seasons.

One eye on the future

Josh McPake is a highly-rated member of the club’s development squad and was named Academy Player of the Year for his performances over the last campaign.

The 17-year-old has just a year left to run on his contract and has attracted interest from Liverpool and Roma previously, according to the Daily Record.

Back in April, McPark was the Man of the Match as Rangers defeated Celtic 3-2 in the SFA Youth Cup Final. His breathtaking performance caught the eye and offered optimism of a bright future.

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McPake is quick, can take players on with ease and is capable of operating on both flanks. Gerrard has used him in his matchday squads before, although he has yet to make the bench.

Given that the boss has had him in and around his first-team squad can only bode well, however, and his presence in the first-team fold next season would be far more exciting than an ageing player like Downing.

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