A player Steven Gerrard raved about last season is still a free agent following his shock Rangers release in June.

Ciaran Dickson made his first-team debut for the Gers in a League Cup clash against Falkirk in November 2020.

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Rangers boss Steven Gerrard labelled Dickson ‘terrific’ after his debut vs Falkirk last season. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

After the game, Gerrard said the midfielder was ‘terrific’, played with ‘energy, personality and character’ and was the type who would never let him down [STV].

The teenager was soon rewarded with a contract extension through to 2023 before joining Queen of the South on a short-term loan and he looked to have a bright future at Ibrox.

However, the club announced in June that he had been released [Rangers.co.uk], with the shock move reportedly prompted by a lack of professionalism.

Dickson allegedly failed to turn up to training on one occasion which was the ‘beginning of the end’ for him with the Light Blues [The Athletic].

Since then, he’s had a trial with English Premier League club Burnley, while the Scottish Sun reported weeks ago that both Ross County and Gillingham were considering a swoop.

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With the 2021/22 season now well underway, Dickson remains a free agent. (Photo by Jose Manuel Alvarez/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

However, despite all that talk of interest, the 19-year-old is still very much in limbo.

It’s a remarkable turn of events for a player whose short to medium-term future had looked so secure just a few months ago.

The former Ger is likely rueing his poor conduct at Auchenhowie but it’s impossible for him to change the past and he’ll be hoping that sooner or later, a club gives him the opportunity to prove himself at senior level.

Meanwhile, one of the nine other Academy players to leave Rangers earlier this summer could soon sign for a rival club.

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