Ayr United managing director Graeme Mathie has confirmed that the Honest Men are keen to sign Rangers starlet James Maxwell [Daily Record].
Maxwell is currently on loan at Somerset Park and has made a total of 19 appearances so far this season.
He’s been used in a variety of roles, after impressing at left-back on loan at Queen of the South last season.
Last week, the Daily Record reported that Partick Thistle were in talks with the Gers about signing the 20-year-old on a permanent deal.
However, it’s since emerged that the Jags face competition.
Football Scotland reported on Tuesday morning that unnamed clubs in England, Hamilton Accies and current loan side Ayr all also want to snap Maxwell up.
Managing director confirms Rangers starlet interest
Now, recently appointed MD at Ayr, Mathie, has confirmed the Honest Men’s interest.
“We know the quality James has and we’re keen to see him fulfill that with us,” he told the Ayrshire Post, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“He’s a talented player and his versatility will make him of obvious interest to others.
“But we feel he has a real chance to establish himself as a key player here moving forward and be a big part of what we’re looking to do at the club.”
Decision time for Maxwell
Maxwell has progressed significantly in recent seasons and while Rangers obviously feel he isn’t quite equipped to make an impact at first-team level, it’s clear that there’s plenty of interest from elsewhere.
With the January transfer window looming, the talented youngster now has a big decision to make.
Does he stay in Scotland or move south of the border?
And if he opts to stick around in the SPFL, which Championship club would be the best fit for him?
Ayr would seem to have an advantage given that he grew up there and is already on loan at Somerset Park, but perhaps he fancies a change of scenery and there could be better terms on offer elsewhere.