Tony Weston is pushing for recognition at first-team level as he continues to shine for the Rangers B team.
18-year-old Weston signed for the Gers in July 2020 from Blackpool on a three-year deal.
Head of Academy, Craig Mulholland, was delighted given the ‘high level of interest from several clubs‘ and it’s now becoming clear just why the Gers worked so hard to land him.
The youngster has been prolific this season under David McCallum.
His goal in the B team’s 6-0 thrashing of Vale of Leithen on Tuesday afternoon was his 20th of the season in the Lowland League, a remarkable tally given that the Young Gers have only played 23 matches.
He’s the top scorer in the division, well ahead of the likes of highly-rated Celtic prospect Owen Moffat.
Weston has scored over twice as many goals as Rangers’ next highest contributor, Charlie McCann, who has nine.
It’s not just the Lowland League he’s been thriving in, either, with the teenager also making his mark in the UEFA Youth League.
Weston scored a hat-trick away at Septemvri Sofa last month before backing it up with another goal in the home leg as Rangers sailed through to a knockout playoff against Sevilla.
His numbers are outstanding but there’s more to Weston’s game than pure finishing ability.
He has the pace to stretch teams in behind and is capable of drifting into wide areas to create chances for his teammates.
One key concern for the Gers coaching staff could be his relative lack of physical presence compared to other Academy prospects like Juan Alegria and there’s clearly a massive jump in standard from the Lowland League to the Premiership.
However, Weston could hardly have done anything more over the first half of the season and it’ll be interesting to see whether or not Gio van Bronckhorst looks to reward his efforts early in 2022.
Rangers take on Stirling Albion in the Scottish Cup in January and it could be the ideal time to give Weston his first taste of first-team action.
Another player who will be hoping to feature in that fourth round tie is exciting attacking midfielder, Alex Lowry.