Rangers B took on Elgin City last night in a testimonial for long-serving Elgin star Brian Cameron with a trialist named in David McCallum’s starting XI – with the mystery man wearing number 11 last night understood to be Nigerian-born teencThompson Ishaka.
The Light Blues have been busy in the transfer market this summer when it comes to the Academy sides with a host of new faces arriving at the club and it appears the 17-year-old could be next to join the Gers.
Ishaka played 55 minutes at Borough Briggs last night as the B team ran out 4-0 winners thanks to second-half strikes from Josh McPake, Ross McCausland, Tony Weston and James Graham.
The Nigerian-born youngster was recently named Player of the Tournament at the BL Ballers Cup and impressed English Schools Football Association U18 Finals.
Representing Leicester-based Brooke House College, Ishaka hit two brilliant solo goals in a 3-1 victory over London Nautical College; which is closely linked with the youth academy of Premier League side Crystal Palace.
As well as having Ishaka on trial, Rangers have signed a host of Academy players this summer, including Bailey Rice from Motherwell, Lancelot Pollard from Aberdeen, Partick Thistle’s Cammy Cooper and Kieron Willox from Inverness, Zak Lovelace from Millwall, Everton’s Cameron Bell and Archie Stevens from AFC Wimbledon.
With the Light Blues having the B team in the Lowland League as well as challenging for the CAS title at under-18 levels, there is a huge focus on bringing in talented young players who can push for the first-team in time.
Having impressing last night against Elgin City, it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see Ishaka join the lengthy list of new faces added to the Ibrox Academy ranks.