Ex-Scotland international claims Rangers have had bid 'knocked back' for son
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Gary O'Connor claims Rangers have attempted to sign his son

As quoted by the Scottish Sun, former Scotland international forward Gary O’Connor, has claimed Rangers are one of multiple clubs chasing the signature of his son.

O’Connor played for Hibernian as well as the likes of Birmingham City and Locomotiv Moscow over the course of a lengthy club career.

O’Connor celebrates scoring in a Scottish Cup semi-final at Hampden. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

He hung up the boots after a stint with Selkirk in the Lowland League ended in 2016, but his son Josh’s footballing career is very much in its infancy.

Gary O’Connor claims Rangers have tried and failed to sign his son

“Josh is better than me, much better,” said O’Connor, as quoted by the Scottish Sun. “Chelsea are after him. Rangers had a bid knocked back and there’s a five-year deal on the table for him at Hibs.”

“But I’ve told them it can wait. He’s just going into fourth year at school and I want him to focus on that. I left school at 15 and didn’t sit any exams. Josh needs to get his results first – then we’ll speak to Hibs.”

O’Connor in action for Scotland against France back in 2008. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)

Verdict

These are unsubstantiated claims of course, and if Josh is yet to sign professional forms, it’s unclear what authority ‘knocked back’ Rangers’ alleged bid.

However, this isn’t the first time this summer the club have been linked with the offspring of an ex-Scotland player. Don Hutchinson suggested his son, Max, had featured as a trialist for a Gers development team back in July, but no contract offer materialised.

There’s no doubt the Gers are looking for the best of the best for their Academy, though. The signings of Nathan Young-Coombes and Kane Ritchie-Hosler from Chelsea and Man City respectively, over the past year, have demonstrated the department’s ambition.

Maybe Josh O’Connor is a name we should be looking out for in a few years time.

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