Rangers hand deals to ex-Man City talent and Scotland youth international
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Rangers hand deals to ex-Man City kid and goalkeeper talent

Rangers have tied down two Ibrox talents as ex-Man City kid Kane Ritchie-Hosler and talented youth stopper Lewis Budinauckas announce new contracts.

Both players took to social media to announce the new contracts with Ritchie-Hosler claiming he is “happy” to get the deal done.

Having already trained with the first team, the Manchester born attacker is amongst the highest-rated youngsters in the club’s Academy set-up.

Joining Rangers from Man City in the summer of 2019, the 19-year-old has shown solid progression over the last few seasons and the challenge for Ritchie-Hosler is now making the progression to the first team.

A regular in the B Team’s Lowland League campaign, the youngster has also had a stint on loan with League One Clyde.

Rangers sign down Lewis Budinauckas and Kane Ritchie-Hosler

The other youth player Rangers have signed down is Lewis Budinauckas, a Scotland youth international goalkeeper.

Similarly to Ritchie Hosler, Budinauckas took to Twitter to express his delight at signing the deal as both players sign up for another year.

Goalkeeper Budinauckas is another who is a regular in the club’s B Team and someone who has trained with the Gers first-team in the past.

The 19-year-old will now be assessed heading into the new season with Budinauckas having spent some time on loan at Civil Service Strollers previously.

The Gers’ youth set-up has undergone something of a transformation in recent seasons with the club now harbouring major ambitions of producing a series of their own top players.

After a baron spell at the Rangers Training Centre we’ve seen a number of top talents breakthrough into the top team as the club’s youth set-up is finally beginning to pay dividends.

Meanwhile, one key Rangers asset continues to be linked to the Premier League amid a run of exceptional form with the Light Blues.

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