Leading Rangers talent Rory Wilson showed exactly why the Ibrox side might be lucky to hold on to him amid reported interest from the likes of Liverpool.
The 16-year-old youngster was named Man of the Match in the Scottish Youth Cup Final at Hampden as he scored what proved to be the eventual winner in a 2-1 victory over Hearts.
One of the most highly-rated youth prospects at the club, the goal and performance comes amid serious Premier League interest south of the border.
As many as seven Premier League clubs have been linked to Rory Wilson with Man City, Man United, Aston Villa, Leeds United, Newcastle United and Brighton mentioned alongside Liverpool in the Scottish Daily Express.
With clubs from down south sniffing around, performances such as that against Hearts certainly makes Rangers’ job harder when it comes to convincing the youngster to sign a professional deal.
Rangers could yet pip likes of Liverpool to Rory Wilson deal
There is a continuing issue that the top clubs down south will poach the best talent at Scottish clubs before they go on to cement themselves in the game.
For players who face an uncertain future in football the money is often too much as is the prestige and opportunity at learning their trade at elite academies.
But Rangers can offer something else – a faster pathway into first-team football for example – and all is not lost when it comes to Rory Wilson in particular.
Batting away claims that Wilson has already rejected a deal at Rangers amid reports he was set to join Aston Villa, Rangers insider and Heart & Hand host David Edgar claims the Ibrox side are still very much in the hunt.
“I asked the club about this and they said that he hasn’t turned down any offer contrary to some reports on Twitter,” said David Edgar, on the Heart & Hand Daily Update available to Patreon subscribers.
“But of course there may well be interest. Rangers would be due a development fee of around £200-£300k which in terms of his long-term potential isn’t anywhere near what the club value him.
“Talks are still ongoing between the club and the player but he does have other interest, there’s no getting away from that.
“Hopefully he’ll sign a new deal at Rangers, with the pathway significantly better at Rangers although we can’t compete with the riches on offer.
“Talks are still ongoing although there is very much live interest from Premier League clubs and the young man has quite a big decision to make.”
Meanwhile, Rangers boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst has been answering questions regarding a deal for an ex-Premier League defender.