Rangers Academy star James Maxwell has admitted that his new contract his given him “security” to reach his goal of making the Gers first-team – and insists he can see a “growing pathway” into Steven Gerrard’s side.

Maxwell is one of a number of Academy starts to have penned new deals recently and confessed he’s put a “lot of hard work” in to reach this point.

25th April 2019, Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland; Scottish FA Youth Cup Final, Celtic U18s versus Rangers U18s; James Maxwell and Daniel Finlayson of Rangers celebrate after the final whistle

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The teenager has caught the eye in Graeme Murty’s Colts side and wants to kick on now and force his way into the first-team reckoning.

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“It has been a lot of hard work leading up to this point but I am really delighted to be staying here for even longer,” Maxwell told Rangers TV.

“I’ve been doing really well with the Development Squad, but the main goal is to get to the first-team so this new contract gives me the security to achieve those goals.

 

“I think there is definitely a growing pathway. With us signing new deals, it looks like we could have a chance, but we just need to be ready when there is an opportunity to get in front of the fans at Ibrox.”

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Maxwell is one of a number of youngsters who have caught the eye as the Colts have reached the semi-final of the Challenge Cup and playoff round of the UEFA Youth League.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MARCH 04: Rangers manager Graeme Murty is seen during the Scottish Cup Quarter final match between Rangers and Hamilton Academical at Ibrox Stadium on March 4, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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The versatile teen can play in a variety of positions and his adaptability could help him force his way into the senior side.

His new deal should see him given a real opportunity to progress and show that he has the ability to have a long-term career at Ibrox and continue to climb through the ranks.

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