In-demand Rangers youngster Rory Wilson has announced his exit from Ibrox amid a series of links to the likes of Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa.

As many as seven Premier League sides have been named as suitors for the 16-year-old striker, who scored 49 goals in the Rangers youth set-up this season.

But despite Rangers hoping the youngster would stick around, Rory Wilson confirmed the news ahead of the summer transfer window.

Whilst the Scotland U17 international didn’t name his destination, Wilson did confirm that he has set his sights south of the border.

Rory Wilson eyes “next level” as he confirms Rangers exit

“Rangers have been brilliant for me. There’s no getting away from that,” said Rory Wilson [Herald].

“But it’s time to move on and get to the next level.

“I’d like to thank Rangers for everything they have done for me because it’s been great for me over the last eight years, but it’s time to leave.

“I’ll probably be going down south.

“We’ll wait and see what happens in the next couple of weeks. Everything will be sorted very soon.

“At Rangers, all the coaches have been fantastic for me. I can’t thank them enough for all their help.

“I want to go down south and try and prove myself and become a top player and that’s what I am going to do.”

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Aston Villa remain clear favourites to sign Rory Wilson whilst the likes of Liverpool, Man United and Man City also linked by the Scottish Daily Express.

Should Wilson move on down south, initial reports claimed that Rangers would be due £300k in development fees for their early work with the forward.

Meanwhile, a former Rangers star has pipped an ex-Ibrox teammate to a highly coveted job in the Scottish Championship.

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