Former Rangers starlet Nicky Hogarth is close to joining EFL Championship club Nottingham Forest, according to the Daily Record.
After spending several years at Auchenhowie, Hogarth was one of ten Academy players released by the Gers earlier this summer.
— Rangers B & Academy (@RFC_Youth) June 8, 2021
The 20-year-old keeper travelled with the first-team squad to Gibraltar for a Europa League qualifier against Lincoln Red Imps at the beginning of last season and had built up experience across a series of loan spells.
East Stirling, Kilwinning Rangers, Caledonia Braves, Stirling Albion and most recently, Cowdenbeath, all benefitted from his skills between the sticks.
His younger brother, Jay, recently signed a new Rangers deal, but with several other keepers of a similar age already tied down – including Robby McCrorie and Kieran Wright – the decision was made to let him go.
He’s currently a free agent but that might not be the case for much longer, as the Daily Record reports that he’s closing in on a move to England.
They claim he’s ‘on the verge of agreeing’ a two-year deal at Forest.
It’s asserted that he will initially join up with the second-tier outfit’s U23s team, before looking to fight for a place in the senior squad.
This constitutes a good move for Hogarth, with a two-year deal offering some security for a talented young player trying to find his way in the professional game.
His father Myles played for the likes of Hearts, Falkirk and Stirling Albion in Scotland but never turned out in the EFL and the big learning experience that is moving away from home could do wonders for the former Ger.
Even if a deal is eventually confirmed, Hogarth might not be the only former Rangers Academy keeper making a new start in England next season, as Brian Kinnear has reportedly joined a Championship club.