Rangers have gradually rebuilt the academy from the ground up at Auchenhowie and bringing in the brightest prospects from other clubs was part of the long-term plan.

Youngsters might see it a harder path to first team football but players like Bailey Rice and Zak Lovelace weren’t put off.

The problem is though, Premier League sides with deeper pockets than ours will always look north of the border hoping to pick up a bargain and, according to Scott Burns of The Daily Record, Brentford are keeping tabs on Rangers 2022 signing Connor Young.

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Rangers face fight to keep Connor Young

We have already seen The Bees cherry pick one of our best young forwards when Nathan Young-Coombes returned to London in 2021.

A desire to go home rather than a want to leave was the driver behind the move.

The England youth international has impressed with Brentford and has even made his Premier League debut.

Rangers sent Connor Young on loan in January but he played mainly with the B team last season and, at 18-years old, the ex-Hibs youth team player has a bright future ahead of him.

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Rangers have lost Rory Wilson and Dire Mebude in recent seasons when both might now have been close to the first team and it is a situation that has been exacerbated by Brexit and work permit regulations, if Brentford want Connor Young, there isn’t much we can do.

As Rangers cherry pick from around Scotland so too with English clubs look at us and Celtic.

Whether we like it or not, we are part of the footballing food chain.

All we can hope is that we have more players like Leon King and Alex Lowry who see a future at Rangers rather than a bigger bank balance down south.