Possible Rangers blow as starlet linked with 'sensational' Ibrox switch commits to English club
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Possible Rangers blow as starlet linked with 'sensational' Ibrox switch commits to Wigan

In a possible transfer blow for Rangers, Ibrox-linked starlet James Carragher has committed to Wigan Athletic.

Back in May, GiveMeSport reported that the Gers were eyeing a ‘sensational’ swoop for Carragher, the son of Gerrard’s former Liverpool and England teammate Jamie.

Rangers were reportedly interested in Wigan starlet James Carragher. (Photo by Charlotte Tattersall/Getty Images)

It was suggested that the teenage defender would be available for a minor fee, with the Liverpool Echo also crediting Everton with interest.


Carragher wasn’t on a professional deal but had shown promise in the FA Youth Cup in the past and captained the Wigan U18s to the Professional Development League National title.

Now, after being brought into the first-team fold for pre-season, the 18-year-old has committed to the Latics by signing his first pro contract.

“I’m very happy; I signed here when I was an Under 14 and I’ve loved it here,” said Carragher [Wiganathletic.com]. “From the minute I walked through the door I have thrived and improved as a player, so I can’t wait to carry that on.”

“Being the captain last year was a huge honour, especially with the success that we had – we had a brilliant group last season. 

“A lot of us are continuing into the next age group, so hopefully we can continue to progress together now as we step up.”

Carragher is clearly a highly regarded young player and Wigan will be delighted to have tied him down.

If Rangers were genuinely interested, they will be disappointed with this development, but there are a lot of centre-backs at Ibrox right now, both in the first-team and the youth ranks.

Therefore, there’s no great rush to bring in reinforcements, even at B team level, and the Gers could always come back in for Carragher at some point in the future, with Gerrard’s friendship with his father surely giving the club an advantage in any potential future transfer battle.

Rangers did snap up an exciting young attacker earlier this week, though, after he scored four goals in four matches for the U18s.

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