Rangers defender officially announces plans to depart from club
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Rangers defender officially announces plans to depart from club

Rangers defender Kyle McClelland has officially announced that he will be leaving the club come the end of the season.

Reports in the press had suggested that the Rangers B team captain had rejected a new deal with the player taking to social media to announce his departure.

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In a classy message to the club, Kyle McClelland thanked the staff and his teammates as he intimated his plans to move on from the club next season.

This comes amid fierce competition for places at Ibrox at centre-back and with McClelland reportedly wanting more exposure to first-team football.

With the emergence of fellow Academy prospect Leon King at centre half, the Northern Ireland U21 international was unlikely to see many opportunities in Govan.

But as one door closes another one opens and according to reports there will be no shortage of suitors as McClelland leaves the Rangers Training Centre.

Plenty of reported suitors as Kyle McClelland leaves Rangers

Early reports had suggested that a trio of English Championship clubs in Sheffield United, Huddersfield and Cardiff City were all monitoring the player.

The latest suggests even Premier League West Ham United are interested in claims that are a testament to the youngster’s talent.

Rangers are said to rate Kyle McClelland very highly but the defender has been unable to breakthrough past a competitive backline.

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The likes of Connor Goldson, Leon Balogun, Filip Helander and Calvin Bassey have been hard to budge from the two available positions all season long despite a series of injuries shared across the backline.

Meanwhile, another Rangers centre-half has dropped a major hint regarding a potential new contract as his deal prepares to expire in the summer.