Ex-Rangers talent set for new club after summer exit amid Leeds Utd links
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Ex-Rangers talent set for new club after summer exit amid Leeds Utd links

Former Rangers talent James Maxwell, who left the club when his contract expired amid links to Leeds United, is set to sign a deal with English League Two Doncaster Rovers.

According to Football Scotland, Maxwell will sign a deal with Gary McSheffrey’s side after spending the last period on trial training with the English outfit.

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They claim that the 20-year-old left-back impressed in a series of bounce games with the club and now Doncaster Rovers have moved to offer him a new deal.

This comes amid interest from a series of other clubs north and south of the border, including unnamed suitors in the Scottish Premiership.

The report names Doncaster’s EFL2 rivals Rochdale as an interested party, as well as English Championship Reading and Scottish Championship Partick Thistle.

Rangers would reportedly be due a sell-on fee as part of any deal James Maxwell signs elsewhere.

James Maxwell to sign Doncaster Rovers deal after leaving Rangers

The talented 20-year-old left-back left Ibrox this summer after impressing out on loan with Queen of the South and Ayr United over the last two seasons.

The performances of James Maxwell were so impressive in the Scottish second tier that Premier League Leeds United had been linked at the turn of the year.

But for whatever reason this interest has not materialised and Maxwell has previously spoken openly about leaving the club.

Admitting that he could’ve stayed at Rangers for another season, likely going back on loan to the Championship, the kid took the risk and now looks set to earn a move to Doncaster Rovers.

“I could have stayed at Rangers on the same terms and got another loan to the Championship to get to 100 games, but it didn’t excite me,” says Maxwell [the Athletic]

“I want a challenge that is going to give me that buzz again. It’s been a while since I had that.

“The contracts are always in the club’s power so that’s why I was careful signing a two-and-a-half-year deal in 2020 as I knew 20 was the cut-off point.

“When I joined Rangers, I said, ‘As soon as I can’t see a way to the first team I will move.’”

Meanwhile, imminent Rangers exit claims appear to have been quashed by one player’s appearance in a pre-season friendly.