Rangers have completed the signing of teenage prodigy James Graham from Ross County, the club has confirmed.
The Gers beat off competition from Manchester United and Liverpool to sign the striker who has penned a three-year deal at Ibrox and will join the Academy sides.
📝@RFC_Youth are delighted to announce the signing of James Graham from Ross County.
While there was interest from a number of top English clubs, the 16 year-old striker has opted to choose Rangers as the place to continue his footballing development.
— Rangers Youth Academy (@RFC_Youth) June 25, 2020
The 16-year-old’s signing has delighted Academy head Craig Mulholland, who welcomed the boyhood fan to the club.
“I am delighted to welcome James to Rangers. James was in high demand from EPL clubs and another in Scotland and it is an important part of our strategy that we secure Scotland’s brightest talent first,” Mulholland told Rangers TV.
It is testimony to the quality of programme and staff we now have that he has chosen Rangers ahead of some top English Academies for the next few years of his education.
“Our recruitment team and coaching staff have watched James on many occasions and he scored an excellent goal against us in the Youth Cup quarter-final.
“He is a dynamic, quick and tenacious forward with excellent energy and finishing abilities. As a Rangers fan, I know James can’t wait to get started and we look forward to welcoming him to the Academy in the near future.”
Graham moves to Ibrox as Gers midfielder Stevie Kelly heads in the opposite direction on loan for the season.
The move for the young striker is another sign of the club’s ambition to snap up the best young talent in the country and give them a pathway to the first-team.