Glasgow Rangers youngster Cole McKinnon, one of the Ibrox academy’s top talents, is reported to be the subject of interest from several clubs south of the border, according to The Scottish Sun.
The 17-year-old midfielder has already featured for Graeme Murty’s development side despite his young age and was part of the team that brought the ALKASS Cup to Ibrox last year.
With McKinnon having one year left on his Rangers deal, a number of English Premier League clubs are now said to be circling in hope of snapping him up.
Last year, McKinnon impressed Murty with comments he made after making his Challenge Cup debut, a 2-1 win over Berwick Rangers.
“My aim is to play more in the Reserves and hopefully push on and take one of the Reserves players’ jerseys,” he told the official Rangers website.
In response, Murty said: “I was really interested in Cole McKinnon’s interview last week talking about getting a shirt and wanting to get more reserve appearances and that is what it is about.
“Don’t ever be content with what you have got so far, so you are a Rangers development squad player that’s great but what’s next, how do you get to the next step and what is driving you to get to the next step.”
Given McKinnon has impressed for Rangers and delighted Murty with his drive and attitude, it’s little surprise to see him linked with clubs in England.
While the Billy Gilmour departure was a huge blow for the Gers, they did triumph in getting Leon King to pen professional terms at Ibrox amid links with the EPL’s very top clubs.
Boosted by King’s retention, Rangers will surely pull out all the stops to ensure McKinnon remains at Ibrox along with King and their talented teammates.