The Daily Record reports that three Rangers Academy players are set for Ibrox loan exits, with one player likely heading to the Scottish Championship and two others USA-bound.

It’s claimed that Partick Thistle have opened talks over a temporary deal for 19-year-old centre-back, Lewis Mayo.

Thistle boss McCall is keen to strengthen in the January window. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Mayo was part of the Rangers first-team squad for the mid-season training camp in Dubai but having returned to Glasgow, is to leave the club on loan, with the Jags currently frontrunners.

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Meanwhile, two more young defenders, Danny Finlayson and Matthew Shiels are both set to head to the United States to join Orange County FC on loan.

Finlayson (18) plays centre-back for Northern Ireland at youth international level and captained the Gers U18s to Youth Cup glory last season, while Shiels (19) is a left-back.

Danny Finlayson (right) pictured after last season’s Youth Cup triumph. (Photo by Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)


These are exciting prospective moves for the players in question.


For Mayo, the time has come to cut his teeth in men’s football and Partick Thistle will be a good place to do so.

The youngster won’t need to relocate to turn out for the Jags, a side looking to storm up through the Scottish Championship table over the second half of the season under Ian McCall’s management.


As for Finlayson and Shiels, it appears they will be the first to benefit from Rangers’ strategic partnership with Orange County FC [].

Turning out for the first-team in the National Premier Soccer League, they will gain experience of senior football and enjoy a completely different lifestyle over in California.

Rangers are trying desperately to create a genuine pathway from the Academy to the first team and here are two polar opposite ways to facilitate the development of young players.

One could be moving down the road to Firhill and two others heading across the Atlantic.

Let’s hope if these deals do come to fruition, they’ll each pay dividends.

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