On Friday, Czech football website Efotbal reported that 16-year-old Krystof Hampl had signed for Rangers.
This move appears to have been in the pipeline for some time.
That’s as the teenager turned out on trial for the Gers U17s in the Spartak Cup in Russia last month, while a Rangers blogger recently claimed that Hampl was one of two late additions to the Academy before the transfer window closed.
I believe Rangers made two academy signings before the transfer window closed,
U17 – Krystof Hampl from Czech side FK Paradubice – Krystof played for Rangers at the recent Spartak Cup.
— Elfideldo (@rfcyouths) September 6, 2019
Rangers sign young midfielder
Hampl is said to have signed a two-year deal and moves from FK Pardubice.
“He was more interested in working with a Scottish club,” said the player’s agent Emil Kovarovic, as quoted by Efotbal [translated]. “He attended a Moscow tournament in August and then got an offer for a move.”
There has been no official word from Ibrox, but the youngster is definitely now a Ger.
He turned out as a substitute for the Rangers U18s last night, as they dispatched Motherwell 7-0 at Braidhurst High School.
Matty Yates & Krystof Hampl replace Alex Lowry & Murray Miller
— Rangers Youth Updates (@rfcyouthupdates) September 20, 2019
It’s yet another example of investment in talent from elsewhere in a bid to strengthen Rangers’ youth ranks.
In recent times, Nathan Young-Coombes was brought in from Chelsea, while Kane Ritchie Hosler was signed from Manchester City.
Umaro Balde, who was formerly involved with Sporting Lisbon, moved to the club during the summer, and started last night’s U18 fixture.