Charlie Lindsay has expressed his delight at joining Rangers and set his sights on eventually breaking into the first team, as quoted by Rangers.co.uk.
The teenager officially signed for the Gers from NIFL Premiership club, Glentoran, in June, shortly after his 16th birthday, following a series of guest appearances for the club’s youth sides.
The 16 year-old @NorthernIreland youth international will join the Rangers Academy on a full-time professional contract.
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) June 5, 2020
In appearing for the Glens senior team while still only 15, Lindsay became the youngest player to ever represent the Belfast club, before showcasing his considerable talent for the Rangers U17s at the Alkass Cup in February.
The young attacker bagged a number of goals and assists and was so impressive that even though the Gers only finished fifth, he scooped the Player of the Tournament award ahead of the best young talents from clubs like Real Madrid and PSG.
Now, after an enforced break due to the global health crisis, he’s keen to kick on at the Rangers Training Centre.
“My short-term goals are to keep working hard and improving – I want to come in here every day and get better,” said Lindsay, as quoted by Rangers.co.uk. “I don’t want to settle for second best and I want to push myself as far as I can go.”
“Long-term, I want to push myself into the Rangers first team and make an impact. I want to earn a shirt but I know that won’t happen without hard work and dedication.
“I need to be an athlete 24 hours a day to make it at the top and stay at the top…It has been the perfect move for me. I’ve already had a taste of mixing with the first team players and it was really good to get a taste of the action with the B team when we played Dundee United recently.”
🙌 Charlie Lindsay was thrilled to join boyhood heroes #RangersFC from Glentoran this summer and he says midfield star @StevenDavis8 is the perfect role model for him: https://t.co/3ATCV3u2py pic.twitter.com/argWXlxIhZ
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) September 3, 2020
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Lindsay was hugely impressive during the Alkass Cup tournament in Doha, where he outshone the best players from some of the heavyweights of world football, despite being two years younger than the age limit.
After such outstanding showings, it must have been difficult to step away from the game for a period of months, but now that Academy training is back underway, he has the chance to find his feet at Rangers.
It’s encouraging to hear that he’s already been exposed to the first-team environment and given there are big plans for the B team, involvement in quality fixtures should soon follow.
Lindsay and Tony Weston have both recently spoken of a desire to eventually earn a spot in Steven Gerrard’s XI and certainly in the Northern Irishman’s case, it looks as though the talent is there.