Exciting young left-back James Maxwell was surprisingly absent from the Rangers B squad for Tuesday’s Lowland League fixture against The Spartans FC.
Maxwell started Rangers’ first pre-season fixture against Partick Thistle and made the bench for the next match at Tranmere Rovers.
He then dropped out of the first-team group and played in Saturday’s Lowland League opener against Bo’ness United.
The 19-year-old played the full 90 minutes and helped to keep a clean sheet, with the Young Gers running out 2-0 winners.
However, he didn’t make the squad for Tuesday evening’s trip to Edinburgh to face The Spartans, amid speculation linking him with a loan exit.
The Athletic claimed over the weekend that there’s interest in Maxwell from the Norwegian top flight and that with Borna Barisic and Calvin Bassey set to be ahead of him in the pecking order, a loan switch to Scandinavia was on the cards.
The Eliteserien season is already well underway, so, in theory, the Scotland youth international would be able to go and continue his development there for a few months, before heading back to Ibrox around the turn of the year.
Ayr United have also been credited with interest but playing overseas would likely be more beneficial, particularly because he already has a full Championship campaign under his belt, having spent last season at Queen of the South.
Maxwell’s absence against The Spartans could be a sign that an exit is close and perhaps an announcement will follow before the week is out.