Nathan Young-Coombes, who Rangers sold to Brentford in the summer transfer window, is now flying for the Premier League club’s B team.
Rangers signed Young-Coombes from Chelsea in February 2019 and he had a big impact during his first few months in Scotland.
The England youth international was a key part of the Gers U17s side that won the Alkass Cup in Qatar before he scored the winner in an Old Firm Scottish FA Youth Cup final.
Plenty of supporters began to view him as a possible future first-team star, but he wasn’t able to kick on in Glasgow and, after much speculation, he was eventually sold to Brentford in the summer for an undisclosed fee.
Young-Coombes joined on an initial three-year deal, much to the delight of Bees B-team boss Neil MacFarlane, and is currently in excellent form.
After netting on his debut in a 3-1 pre-season win over Cambridge United, the 18-year-old has started to kick on recently.
He’s netted three times in his last three appearances, with a brace in a 3-1 win over Queen’s Park Rangers B in the first of those fixtures and a penalty in the latest, a 1-1 draw with Charlton Athletic U23s.
Given his excellent form, he may have felt that the current break in the schedule came at the wrong time, but it won’t be long before he’s back in action, with a fixture against Barnet on Wednesday to be followed by a London Senior Cup clash against Fisher FC next week.
Young-Coombes clearly has significant potential and a real eye for goal and, one day, Rangers may regret not fighting harder to keep him.
He still has a lot of hard work to do if he’s to make it to the top, though, and with the likes of Tony Weston, Robbie Ure and Rory Wilson on the books, there’s still plenty of exciting young attacking talent at Auchenhowie.