Nathan Young-Coombes is still a Rangers player despite a claim from a club insider earlier this summer that the teenage striker would join West Ham.
Four Lads Had a Dream stated in July that Young-Coombes was ‘heading down south’ following an apparent approach from the Hammers.
Ha! Nah I’m happy to be independent and have distance from the club
Only stuff I know is Zungu looks true but that is hardly breaking or ITK as widely discussed
Strikers I have heard same rumours that’s all
& as boy mentioned earlier Young Coombes heading down south to W Ham
— Four Lads Had a Dream (@4ladshadadream) July 28, 2020
However, the transfer was never confirmed by either club and the England youth international is still on the books at Ibrox.
He scored for the Rangers B team on Tuesday afternoon in a 2-2 draw with Partick Thistle at the Rangers Football Centre and shared footage of his goal on social media on Wednesday.
‘Good to be back amongst the goals yesterday,’ wrote the 17-year-old on Twitter, alongside a clip of him intercepting a clearance, driving into the Jags’ box and firing a right-footed strike into the bottom left corner.
Good to be back amongst the goals yesterday pic.twitter.com/50VLZiuVOe
— Nathan Young-Coombes (@YoungCoombes) September 23, 2020
Rangers recruited three bright attacking talents over the summer in Charlie Lindsay, Tony Weston and James Graham, but it’s still a big boost that Young-Coombes has stayed at the club.
The forward joined the Gers from Chelsea in February 2019 on a deal until 2021 and has since impressed with his goalscoring returns.
He played a starring role in the 2019 Alkass Cup-winning side before going on to net the winner in the Scottish Youth Cup final at Hampden towards the end of that season.
His strike against Partick Thistle shows that he hasn’t lost his touch despite being out of action for months due to the global health crisis and assuming he remains at Ibrox beyond this window, he’ll be looking to kick on with strong showings at B team and Colts level over the rest of the campaign.