Rangers have signed a new deal with Scotland youth international right-back Jack Harkness as he continues to impress in the club’s B Team.

The Gers have moved to tie the Scotland U19s star down until 2025 after the talented youngster has established himself at Lowland League level this season.

Whilst Jack Harkness, 18, has tied himself down to Rangers for the next two-and-a-half seasons, the right-back will continue with the B side as things stand.

Speaking after the deal was agreed, Rangers academy director Craig Mulholland paid tribute to Jack Harkness and claimed that the defender has all the hallmarks of a young Nathan Patterson.

The Scotland international right-back came through at Ibrox before breaking the club’s transfer record to sign a reported £16m deal with Premier League Everton in January this year.

Mullholland also paid tribute to fellow Ibrox academy prospects Leon King, Alex Lowry, Charlie McCann and Robby McCrorie for breaking through into the top team and claims their success has served as inspiration to Jack Harkness.

Jack Harkness praised by Rangers director

”We are delighted that Jack has extended his stay with Rangers,” said Mullholland [Rangers].

“His progress over the last 18 months transitioning from the 18s to the B Team has been very positive and we have seen him grow as a player and a person, also receiving his first international recognition with Scotland Under-19s.

“The Academy has produced some talented right-backs in recent years with Nathan becoming a club record sale and Adam progressing from the Academy to the first-team squad and we can see that Jack has similar characteristics, as well as an excellent personality which we will develop during the length of his extended contract.

“We know Jack and his very supportive family are massive Rangers fans and in addition to playing for the club he supports his decision to extend will have been based around the inspiration that Nathan, Leon, Alex, Adam, Charlie, Robby and others have given all Academy on the opportunity that now exists for young players at Rangers.”

Jack Harkness will now concentrate on his football with the B Team and hopefully breaking through into the Rangers top team this season as he continues his progress at the club.

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