Exciting Rangers talent James Maxwell is eyeing a first-team breakthrough following his outstanding 2020/21 loan spell [Rangers.co.uk].
Maxwell joined the Gers Academy after Falkirk’s youth system was scrapped in 2017 and he’s made excellent progress since then.
The teenage left-back travelled with the first-team to Dubai during the 2019/20 winter break before being sent out to Queen of the South at the start of the 2020/21 campaign.
He excelled at Palmerston Park, establishing himself in the starting XI and making 32 appearances across all competitions.
The Scotland youth international offers more than just defensive ability, too, as is evidenced by his tally of five goals to go alongside three assists.
Now, he’s hoping to kick on and make an impact at Ibrox, just like his close friend Nathan Patterson.
“I will come back to Rangers for pre-season training and see what happens now,” he told RYDC [Rangers.co.uk]. “I have trained with the first-team in the past and enjoyed the experience.”
“At Queen of the South I felt a proper part of the first-team and I would love to replicate that at Rangers.
“Going out on loan was the next step in my journey and I made sure the Queen of the South staff knew how much I appreciated the opportunity. It has given me a really solid foundation to go and crack on now.
“I have another year left on my Rangers contract and I will give it my all and see where it takes me.”
Maxwell is one of several promising young players emerging from the Academy setup right now and he took to senior football like a duck to water last season.
He currently has Borna Barisic and Calvin Bassey ahead of him in the pecking order at Ibrox but it’s not beyond the realms of possibility that he could overtake the latter soon if he continues to perform.
A lot will depend on how he fares in pre-season training and matches, though, as if he isn’t deemed to be quite ready just yet, another loan spell will likely follow.