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Rangers must use Steven Gerrard family link to sign England wonderkid Bobby Duncan

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Rangers must use Steven Gerrard family link to sign England wonderkid Bobby Duncan

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard wanted his cousin at Liverpool, but since the move to Ibrox could he instead bring him to Ibrox.

England’ under-17 side are in action at present. The youngsters are looking to emulate the class of 2017’s success this month by conquering Europe in the under-17 UEFA European Championships. So why should Rangers fans care about the national team success of England’s youngsters?

Weirdly, for a collection of the best young player England can offer, one of the players is listed as unattached by The FA. the fact one of the best England has does not have a club should certainly be a talking point.

The player in question is young forward Bobby Duncan.

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The 16-year-old made national headlines in November 2016 as he became the first Englishman to score a hat-trick against Brazil for England at any level – an achievement since matched by Liverpool hotshot Rhian Brewster.

But despite his excellent pedigree, he is without a team. Contract talks with his former club Manchester City fell apart with the Manchester Evening News reporting his career at The Etihad was over before it truly began.

He is the sort of talent that Rangers should want to bring in at Ibrox. The forward is clearly a top prospect with a massive future ahead of him. The Glasgow side would offer him a better platform into first-team football than any of the English clubs who have been linked with his signature.

Rangers also have a secret weapon in any pursuit of the teenager. His cousin is new Rangers boss Steven Gerrard.

Duncan is a Huyton-born lad and his relation to Gerrard would surely give Rangers a huge advantage in trying to secure his signature.

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In fact, back in April, the Daily Mail stated that Liverpool were set to secure the signing of Duncan with Gerrard, then under-18s coach at Melwood, pivotal to any move.

Liverpool’s ban on signing youth players from English clubs ends in June and it was reported a £200,000 compensation deal will be finalised then.

But Gerrard’s exit could surely put a spanner in those plans, as evident by Duncan’s continued unattached status.

Rangers have here a perfect storm to bring in one of the top talents in Britain under the age of 17.

Hopefully, this idea can become a reality. Because Rangers would then have an absolute star in the making on their books.

Mathew Nash

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Previously spent five years writing for HITC Sport. Everton fan for my sins.

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