Head of Academy, Craig Mulholland, has praised teenage attacker Tony Weston after he joined Rangers from Blackpool, as quoted by Rangers.co.uk.

It has been suggested that the highly-rated 16-year-old was being monitored by several clubs in England [Gazette], but Rangers won the battle for his signature and he was officially announced as a Ger on Friday afternoon.

Weston will join the Academy squad, but his three-year deal – uncustomarily long for a player of his age – suggests there are hopes that he will eventually kick on to become a part of the first-team setup.

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“We are really pleased that Tony will join Rangers when international clearance is received,” said Mulholland, as quoted by Rangers.co.uk. “Given the high level of interest from several clubs, it is further testimony to the development programme we can now offer, that Tony has chosen Rangers.”

“Tony is a player who our scouts have been working on for some time and he has a burning desire to be successful and play for a club like Rangers which is absolutely critical.

“Tony has a terrific relentless attitude and a natural enthusiasm to play and when exposed to the environment at Rangers Academy we believe will lead to an exciting future for both the player and the club.”

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New Rangers signing Tony Weston representing Blackpool FC v Maidstone United - FA Cup Second Round

New Rangers signing Weston in FA Cup action for Blackpool against Maidstone. (Photo by Kevin Barnes – CameraSport via Getty Images)

Weston was prolific in front of goal at youth level for Blackpool last season before stepping up to the senior squad and making his debut against Maidstone in the FA Cup.

His signing follows the arrival of highly-rated young Scottish striker James Graham from Ross County and comes amid rumours that impressive 17-year-old attacker Nathan Young-Coombes could leave the Gers to join West Ham [Four Lads Had a Dream].

Rangers have had lots of success at age-group level in recent seasons but after years of significant investment, the onus is now on developing players who can go on to establish themselves at first-team level.

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