Rangers midfielder Ciaran Dickson has built on making his Gers debut by signing a new deal at Ibrox this season.

The talented midfielder, 18, broke through into the first-team with a substitute appearance in the 4-0 Betfred Cup win over Falkirk and caught the eye amongst Rangers fans.

The player has also been included in a range of matchday squads this season – including in European competition – and the youngster will be determined to improve on this as he pens a deal until 2023.

Dickson was described as a “key performer” in the Academy in recent seasons with his goal in the 2019 Scottish Youth Cup Final against Celtic and a strike in the ALKASS Cup Final against Roma are lauded by the club’s official website.

The midfielder has also been capped at every Scottish youth level up to the U19s and he came through the Rangers performance school at Boclair Academy.

“We are pleased that Ciaran has committed his future to Rangers,” said Craig Mullholland, Rangers Head of Academy [Rangers].

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“Contracts at Rangers, as Ross [Wilson] and the manager have made clear, must be something that are earned and Ciaran’s excellent progress over the last few years has allowed him to achieve this next step in his career.

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Dickson made his Rangers debut against Falkirk in November 2020. (Photo by Rob Casey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

“Ciaran has now been training with the first-team for several months, has made his debut and has impressed the manager and his staff.

Our Academy programme has been designed pre-Covid to provide ‘best v best’ opportunities and it is in these moments that Ciaran has come to the fore, scoring in the Glasgow Cup Final, in the Youth Cup Final, in the Alkass Cup Final and also in the UEFA Youth League.

“He must now carry this on, demonstrating his personality and desire to improve, to overcome the biggest challenge of establishing himself in first-team football.

“The opportunity he currently has on a daily basis to work with excellent coaching staff and most importantly play against and learn from midfielders like Steven Davis has created a fantastic chance for him to learn quickly, develop and grow as part of a carefully considered plan.

Dickson is one of the most highly-rated youth products from within the Academy and will be hoping to progress into the first-team. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“As players reach the transition phase between the Academy and men’s first-team football, it is important we secure the best young players, as we have done with others recently, who we believe with dedication have the potential to achieve the next step, and also really importantly are desperate to play for Rangers.

“Ciaran has demonstrated this and must now be obsessed to achieve his next target.”

Dickson claimed he was “absolutely over the moon” to sign the new deal and gave his thanks to everyone who has “backed” him in the early part of his career [Rangers].

The likeable midfielder also claimed that he had “dreamt” of making his debut for Rangers as a young boy and to actually get to do it was “surreal”.

Rangers fans were naturally very excited to see one of their own pen a new deal at Ibrox as they wished the youngster all the best going forward:

 

It’s an impressive move by Rangers as they look to tie down one of the best young talents at the club and Dickson is tasked with taking his game to the next level with the Gers.

There is one player who won’t be signing a contract at Rangers however, as a reported Gers target makes the move elsewhere this January.

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