Rangers Academy player, Tyler Pasnik, who scored against Celtic U18s earlier this season, has signed his first professional Gers contract, 12 years after joining the club.
The news was announced by the Rangers Youth Academy Twitter account on Wednesday afternoon.
📝 Congratulations to Tyler Pasnik, age 16, signing his first professional contract at #RangersFC.
Tyler joined the Broxi Bears aged 4 and then progressed to the academy aged 10. pic.twitter.com/B06TXCf1cE
— Rangers Youth Academy (@RFC_Youth) February 24, 2021
Pasnik joined the ‘Broxi Bears’ aged just four, progressed to the Academy aged ten and since then, has worked his way up through the age-group levels.
Despite still only being 16, Pasnik, who can play in midfield or as a forward, scored for the Rangers U18s in a 3-0 win over Celtic earlier this season.
Summer signing James Graham and former Chelsea youth Nathan Young-Coombes were the other two players on the scoresheet in that junior Old Firm victory.
After making it through over a decade with the club, the signing of a professional deal will undoubtedly have been a proud moment for Pasnik and his family.
A number of other exciting Academy players have signed contract extensions recently, with Ben Williamson and Kai Kennedy both penning new deals in January before heading out on loan to the Championship.
Meanwhile, Leon King, who only recently turned 17, was named amongst the substitutes for Sunday’s 4-1 Premiership victory over Dundee United at Ibrox.
Therefore, while Academy fixtures are currently halted due to Covid restrictions, several potential future stars are still managing to take big steps forward in their careers.
Another Rangers youth player recently received praise from a popular manager after an excellent showing for his loan club in a big Premiership win.