Gary McAllister said yesterday that Rangers would be bringing two new youngsters into the matchday squad for tonight’s Betfred Cup Quarter Final with Ayr United. Cammy Palmer and Jack Thomson are amongst the most talented prospects in the Rangers academy.
Tomorrow, they may both make their senior bows at Ibrox.
We profiled Cammy Palmer earlier. Here we look at what 18-year-old Jack Thomson brings to the squad.
He’s already been part of a famous European victory
Ok. So it was at youth level. But don’t understate just how big a deal the Rangers U20s beating Bayern 2-1 in January was.
This is one of Europe’s top clubs and academies. It shows just how much talent we have at Auchenhowie and is testament to the job being done by the staff. Thomson said he was “proud” to be a part of the victory.
It was made all the sweeter by the fact it was his birthday.
He’s preserved through injury and been rewarded
The young Jack Thomson has shown a mental strength in early in his career to return from some relatively serious injury.
The knock kept him out for a substantial part of last year and he has come back a stronger player. His rise to the first team is a just reward.
A combative and creative midfielder with an eye for a pass
Thomson is a well-rounded midfield player and adds bite and ingenuity to the midfield. Against Motherwell on Monday Jack displayed these characteristics superbly.
He won the ball with an excellent challenge in the opposition half and laid on a perfect ball to Sadiq. Unfortunately the striker couldn’t apply the finish.
Against Bayern, he tried a cheeky long-range effort over the top of the keeper. Thomson expressed disappointment he didn’t play in his teammate instead. He’s creative, direct and clearly very confident.
He even scored in a recent 2-1 victory for the Rangers reserves against Dundee. U20s Manager Graeme Murty was impressed.
He comes across as very mature for his age
In the video above, you can see how well spoken and well mannered the young man is. More than that, he shows a tactical astuteness and understanding of the game well above his years.
It’s down to the coaching staff for sharpening this side of his game. But it’s also down to Jack for taking his football seriously.
He’s here until 2020 (at least)
The youngster’s development was rewarded last year with a contract until 2020. He signed at the same time as Zak Rudden (2020) and Aidan Wilson (2019).
After signing Thomson said: “In those two years I definitely want to break into the first team, that’s my main objective.”
Against Ayr tonight he may get his chance to do just that.