Reportedly Rangers-bound wonderkid Francis Jacobs turned out for Orange County in the USL Championship earlier this week despite only being 16.
A little under two years ago, Jacobs became the youngest professional footballer in US history by signing a deal at OCSC aged just 14 and four months.
Since then, actual playing opportunities at senior level have been limited, but he impressed while guesting for the Gers U17s at the Alkass Cup in Qatar last year.
In February, The Athletic reported that the Light Blues had agreed a deal to sign him, with the teenager due to move to Glasgow this summer.
A recent report in the States also suggested that he could be Ibrox bound [Spectrum News 1].
The move hasn’t gone through yet but impressively, he’s now receiving senior experience at his current club.
The 16-year-old midfielder came off the bench to play the final 17 minutes of OCSC’s 0-0 draw against Tacoma Defiance in the USL Championship earlier this week.
👀 All eyes on our #PathwayToPro tonight as 17-year-old @KobiHenry3 locked it down in the back, 17-year-old @raymond_drai showed incredible speed, and 16-year-old Francis Jacobs made his 2021 @USLChampionship debut.#ForCounty #OCvTAC pic.twitter.com/o86XJtxgFM
— Orange County SC (@orangecountysc) July 7, 2021
Plenty of Rangers fans will be watching his progress with interest and it’ll be interesting to see whether or not the proposed transfer eventually comes to fruition.
Jacobs is currently teammates with two Rangers loanees, Rhys Breen and Jack Thomson.
Breen started off the 2021 season extremely well and was labelled a ‘beast’ by the OCSC media team but has dropped out of the side in recent weeks and was an unused sub against the Defiance.
Meanwhile, Thomson’s stint hasn’t really got going, as he’s yet to make his debut and has only been named in two matchday squads.
One Rangers transfer that went through recently was the capture of John Lundstram and a £20m bluenose has hinted that he played a role in the move.