Former Real Madrid youth striker Harper admits parents support Rangers
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Former Real Madrid youth striker Harper admits parents support Rangers

Former Real Madrid youth prospect Jack Harper has spoken about the Old Firm, as quoted by the Daily Record.

The 23-year-old, who was born in Malaga to Scottish parents, has spent all of his playing career to date in Spain, apart from a two-year stint in the Brighton Academy.

Harper pays close attention to Arsenal’s Calum Chambers in a Brighton U21 fixture. (Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

He’s currently on the books of La Liga outfit Getafe but is out on loan in the Segunda Division with Alcoron.

He’s still looking to forge his way in the senior game and hasn’t ruled out playing in Scotland down the line.

Spanish-based attacker claims his parents support Rangers

“People in Spain don’t know how important both teams in Glasgow are,” said Harper, as quoted by the Daily Record. “Both Celtic and Rangers are mythical clubs – 60,000 fans go to the games.”

“My parents are Rangers fans, I am a little more neutral. I like to watch the derbies for the passion and intensity but I do not choose a side.

“I follow the league and more now Rangers have again become a strong team. The league is becoming more powerful. I don’t think about it now. I have 12 years left in my career and anything can happen.”

Harper in pre-season action for Getafe. (Photo by Carlos Rodrigues/Getty Images)

Verdict

These are interesting comments from a player who’s had an intriguing career to date.

Rated at £1.35m by Transfermarkt, Harper is clearly a talent – hence why Getafe signed him from second-tier Malaga in the summer.

Clearly, these comments on approaching Old Firm matches with neutrality despite the allegiances of his parents means he can keep his options open down the line if either side is interested.

He’s very much unproven as yet, though. With Malaga last season, he netted just four times in 26 games and so far in 2019/20, he’s goalless in eight outings for his loan club Alcoron [Soccerbase].