Emerging Rangers talent Cole McKinnon has signed a new three-year deal with the club just days after he got a new tattoo commemorating his first Gers goal v Hearts.
The 19-year-old midfielder opened his account for Rangers in a dream debut against the Jambos at the tail end of the season, netting with an impressive finish in the 3-1 victory.
And now the boyhood bluenose can look forward to at least three more years with the Light Blues as Rangers announced a fresh contract for the youngster.
Cole McKinnon is one of the highest rated young talents at the club and is the latest name to come through at Ibrox.
The likes of Nathan Patterson, Alex Lowry and Leon King have all shown that the pathway is there for young players if they can take it and McKinnon will be hoping for more minutes in the upcoming campaign.
Speaking to RangersTV after signing the contract, Cole McKinnon claims he’s over the moon and branded the Rangers facilities and coaching staff as “the best in Scotland”.
“I was absolutely delighted,” said McKinnon.
“I have signed a few contracts with Rangers and there is no better feeling that signing for the club you love.
“Every year I have been here I have got better and better. I would like that to carry on.
“It is the best coaching staff and best facilities in Scotland so I am absolutely delighted to be staying here for another three years.
“It was amazing to even get offered. I was just over the moon with it. I know my family and friends will be as happy as I am. I am buzzing.
Cole McKinnon “buzzing” with new Rangers contract
“It was a great end to the season I had and it makes me want to strive and get more. I have had that first taste and you never want to stop. It is something I would like to look more into and kick on.
“It was amazing [to score against Hearts]. It is still surreal, I still can’t believe it actually happened.
“I am still coming to terms with it. Going home that day and seeing how happy my family was, it was what I want to do. I want to keep it going.“
Cole McKinnon signing a new deal with Rangers also comes after the midfielder got a new tattoo to commemorate his strike against Hearts.
The special stopwatch design includes the date of the strike, that being the 14th of May 2022, and fans will be hoping to see the youngster progress over the next few seasons.
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