Rangers defender James Maxwell was one of three young Gers to head out on loan today, signing for Queen of the South until the end of the season, and Palmerston boss Allan Johnston hopes the young defender can emulate Robby McCrorie’s success during his loan sting in Dumfries.

Maxwell has earned rave reviews in the Academy side and was one of the consistently impressive performers in last season’s impressive Challenge Cup and UEFA Youth League campaigns.

The exit of Kevin Holt from Queens left a gap at left-back and ex-Rangers star Johnston hopes he can fulfil his “great potential” with the Championship side this season.


“Left back wasn’t an area that we had prioritised but following the departure of Kevin Holt we had to look for a replacement,” Magic told the QotS website

James is young but has great potential.  We are grateful to Rangers for agreeing to let him join us. We hope he does as well for us as Robby McCrorie did and we can help him develop.”

Maxwell spent time in Falkirk and Ayr’s youth systems before heading to Rangers and the young defender has a fantastic chance to impress playing first-team football in the Championship.

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McCrorie’s time at Palmerston was a huge success, so much so that it was cut short after he caught the eye of Premiership Livingston last January.

If Maxwell is half as successful at Palmerston as McCrorie was, it bodes well for his long-term future at the club.

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