Scotland youth international Cole McKinnon appears to have chosen Rangers over Everton and Aston Villa after he signed a contract extension at Ibrox [Rangers.co.uk].

The Daily Mail reported in July that both the Toffees and the Villains were competing to sign the midfielder, who had alerted a ‘host’ of Premier League clubs with his performances at youth level for Rangers.

Rangers midfielder Cole McKinnon was reportedly wanted by both Everton and Aston Villa. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

However, the 17-year-old was one of three players to commit his future to the Gers on Wednesday, by signing new deals until May 2022.

McKinnon, Arron Lyall and Adam Devine all put pen to paper, with Craig Mulholland suggesting that all three youngsters had other clubs vying for their signatures.

“We are delighted that three bright young talents have committed their futures to Rangers,” the club’s Head of Academy told Rangers.co.uk. “All of the players have been involved at international level over the last couple of years and have chosen Rangers despite interest from clubs in England and abroad.”

“We are really clear that players must be desperate to play for a club like Rangers and agreements with all three were reached really quickly.”

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Dire Mebude left the club to join Manchester City this week in a move which has been framed by Mulholland as a strategic trade, following the signings of Tony Weston, Charlie Lindsay and James Graham earlier in the summer.

However, these contract extensions are proof that Rangers are capable of competing with Premier League clubs when it comes to talented young players.

McKinnon, Lyall and Devine will all predominantly play at U18 level this season but will also be looking to feature for the U20s in the UEFA Youth League and for the B team under Brian Gilmour and Kevin Thomson.

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