Rangers fans have praised young defender James Maxwell for his first-team initiation performance whilst on the team bus in Dubai.

18-year-old Maxwell was one of several Gers Academy starlets selected to join the first-team for their mid-season training camp in Dubai, and one of three to feature in the friendly against Lokomotiv Tashkent on Saturday afternoon.

Nathan Patterson played the second 45 minutes of the fixture, while Maxwell and Kai Kennedy replaced James Tavernier and Ryan Kent respectively in the latter stages.

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Gerrard gave the youth a chance in Dubai. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

As eluded to by the Official Rangers Twitter account, though, coming on against Lokomotiv may not have been his most daunting challenge of the week-long camp.

That’s because, after the game, as a first-team initiation, he had to sing a song on the team coach.

He opted for Bruno Mars’ ‘Lazy Song’ and to his credit, didn’t hold back with his brief rendition.


Stood right at the front, Maxwell was just inches away from the coaching staff, with assistant manager Gary McAllister displaying a combination of sympathy and embarrassment at the teenager’s ordeal.

The whole bus soon joined in, though, and he was given a big round of applause at the end, with Stevie G even getting involved.

No doubt a nervy moment for Maxwell, but while he’s certainly got more of a future in football than in music, he passed with flying colours, with Bears loving the footage on social media.

Here’s a selection of reactions from Twitter: 


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