Rangers reportedly beat Celtic to highly-rated new youth signing
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Rangers reportedly beat Celtic to highly-rated new youth signing

Rangers have officially announced the signing of Motherwell and Scotland talent Bailey Rice, seemingly pipping Old Firm rivals Celtic to the midfielder’s signature.

Highly-rated Bailey Rice will go into the club’s U18s team ahead of the new season with Rangers announcing the midfielder will initially go on into Stevie Smith and Cameron Campbell’s squad.

According to the official Motherwell website, Rice turned down the offer of a professional deal at Fir Park and joins Rangers for an “undisclosed fee” [MFC].

Rangers fans will also be delighted that the Ibrox side have managed to secure the youngster’s signing amid reports linking the player to Celtic.

Earlier in the week it had been claimed that both Rangers and Celtic had launched bids for Bailey Rice with Premier League clubs also interested in his services.

Bailey Rice latest investment into Rangers youth set-up

The Gers have had an impressive summer of youth investment and the signing of 15-year-old Rice comes amid announcements surrounding a series of players.

Rangers softened the blow of losing Rory Wilson to Aston Villa by signing Partick Thistle kid Cameron Cooper earlier in the week.

This was part of an influx of youth players into the club’s U18 squad with Rangers announcing the signing of new fewer than 12 young players [Rangers].

Whilst seven had come from within the club’s Academy programme, five had been signed from a mix of other clubs and Academies.

Amongst them includes young ICT winger Kieron Willox and young Northern Irish goalkeeper Mason Munn, who joins from Glentoran.

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This comes after Rangers reportedly held off Premier League competition to sign Aberdeen youngster Lancelot Pollard earlier in the summer.

Bailey Rice is coming into an impressive youth set-up and Rangers fans will be hoping the kid can progress and make the grade at Ibrox in the years to come.

Meanwhile, Rangers face a contract dilemma as a key Ibrox star is cited as a potential replacement for an exit-bound £55m Premier League star.

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