Rangers youngster Kane Ritchie-Hosler gave up his boyhood dream of playing for Manchester City to join the Academy at Ibrox, and he thinks it could be the best move of his career.
The talented 17-year-old forward has started his fledgeling Ibrox career on form after building his footballing foundations at the club he grew up supporting.
But with chances limited at the megabucks of Man City, Hosler saw a better route into first-team at Ibrox and he’s grateful for the opportunity to show what he can do.
✍️ #RangersFC can confirm Umaro Balde, Kane Ritchie-Hosler, Ross McCausland and Lewis MacKinnon have joined the club's academy.
— Rangers B & Academy (@RFC_Youth) August 31, 2019
“I am very pleased to be here, it is a massive club and I am grateful to be here,” Ritchie-Hosler said [Evening Times].
“I am lucky to have a contract here and I feel it is a better chance to move forward.
“I definitely feel there is a better opportunity here than at Manchester City so coming up to Scotland will give me more of a chance of playing first-team football.
“It was my childhood club so I do love Manchester City, but in order to progress I had to make the move and I am very fortunate to be here.
“I spent ten years at City so there is an emotional attachment there for me as well. But I am doing it for football reasons and even though it was my childhood club I knew I had to move on to Rangers for the best for my career.”
Given the plethora of talent at Manchester City, you could say it’s a wise move from Hosler to transfer over to Rangers.
There is undoubtedly an easier route to first-team football, and with the Rangers’ training facilities being of the highest standard there’s no real step down in his surroundings.
Looking ahead to the U19s UEFA Youth League match with Young Boys of Switzerland, Hosler is determined to press on and force his way into Steven Gerrard’s plans.
A goal and solid performance at Firhill would go a long way to doing just that.