Rangers have recalled defender Rhys Breen from the US so he can join Dunfermline Athletic on a permanent deal, according to the Daily Record.

Breen has been on loan at partner club Orange County SC since mid-May and made a great start to his time in California, being labelled a ‘beast’ by the USL Championship club’s media team after a superb debut display.

He received further praise in the following weeks but then slipped down the pecking order.

The 21-year-old was an unused substitute for four consecutive matches before dropping out of matchday squads entirely, and now an explanation has been provided.

 

The Daily Record asserts that he has returned to Glasgow and is set to join Dunfermline on a permanent deal.

If the move goes through, he’ll link up with fellow Rangers Academy product Kai Kennedy, who recently moved to East End Park on loan.

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Rangers defender Rhys Breen is reportedly set to join Dunfermline on a permanent deal. (Photo by Euan Cherry/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Breen is a talented and powerful young centre-back who impressed during the second half of last season in the Championship with Queen of the South.

However, he was always going to be up against it in terms of breaking into the first team at Ibrox.

With Connor Goldson, Filip Helander, Leon Balogun, Jack Simpson, George Edmundson, Nikola Katic and Leon King all ahead of him in the pecking order, a permanent exit was always likely sooner or later.

Dunfermline would be a good move for him, though, with the Pars eyeing promotion from the Championship in the coming season.

Meanwhile, two players who featured in Rangers pre-season could soon join the same club on loan.

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