Orange County SC general manager, Oliver Wyss, has expressed his delight after Rangers officially signed Aaron Cervantes [orangecountysoccer.com].

The teenage goalkeeper was the California-based club’s first professional player and he has international experience, having represented the United States at the U-17 World Cup.

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Aaron Cervantes has signed for Rangers from Orange County SC. (Photo by Pedro Vilela – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

Cervantes has signed for the Gers but in the short-term will continue to train with Orange County before joining a European club on loan.

“Today is a landmark moment for everyone at Orange County SC with the official transfer of Aaron to Rangers F.C.,” OCSC President of Soccer Operations and General Manager Oliver Wyss told orangecountysoccer.com. “Aaron was the first local, young Orange County player that we signed to a professional contract, and he laid the foundation for our pathway and future young talents at OCSC with his professionalism and work ethic.”

“Aaron is a special young man and seeing him transfer to Rangers F.C., our world-class partner club is gratifying beyond words!”

 

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Three young Rangers players – Danny Finlayson, Cammy Palmer and Matthew Shiels – joined Orange County on loan in February and with the partnership that exists between the clubs, many more are likely to be handed similar opportunities in the coming years.

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However, Cervantes’ transfer shows that it won’t be a one-way street.

The Gers are clearly impressed by what the 18-year-old has shown in his 18 first-team appearances for the USL Championship club, with a compilation video of his best saves proving he possesses impressive athleticism.

There’s plenty of talented keepers already on the books at Ibrox, though, with Allan McGregor and Jon McLaughlin excelling at first-team level and young prospects like Robby McCrorie, Nicky Hogarth and Kieran Wright hoping to break through in the coming years.

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