Rangers academy defender Danny Finlayson joins St Mirren
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Rangers academy defender Danny Finlayson joins St Mirren

Promising young Rangers defender, Danny Finlayson, has joined St Mirren on a loan deal that will become permanent next summer.

The news was announced by the Rangers Youth Academy Twitter account at 7pm on deadline day, shortly after a Scottish Sun report had suggested a transfer was in the offing.

Finlayson played a key role for Graeme Murty’s U20s side in the UEFA Youth League last season before being one of the first Academy players to benefit from the partnership with Orange County SC.

The Northern Ireland youth international has only just completed a loan spell with the California-based club, for whom he turned out 12 times in the USL Championship.

However, instead of returning and furthering his development at B team level with the Gers, he has signed for St Mirren.

It is stated that he has joined on an initial loan deal that will become permanent at the end of the season, with the Gers then receiving an undisclosed fee [Rangers.co.uk].

Jim Goodwin has brought Danny Finlayson from Rangers to St Mirren. (Photo by Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

St Mirren started the current campaign positively but have failed to keep a clean sheet in any of their last seven matches, so it’s not a huge surprise that Jim Goodwin has brought in defensive reinforcements on deadline day.

Another highly-rated youngster, Kai Kennedy, left Rangers on Sunday to join Inverness Caledonian Thistle on a short-term loan deal, but he is also expected to leave Ibrox permanently in the summer after talks over a new deal stalled [Daily Record].