Rangers have completed a deal to sign US wonderkid Francis Jacobs from USL side Orange County, according to a report, as the Gers’ partnership with the American side bears fruit for the Light Blues.
According to The Athletic, Jacobs will become the second player to make the move across the Atlantic when he links up with the Gers later this year.
Orange County FC (USLC) has signed '05 MF Francis Jacobs to a pro deal, making him the youngest ever male player to do so in the US (beating out Freddy Adu by ~17 days).https://t.co/LJXins6ZY2
— Jordan Dunathan (@JordanDunathan) August 12, 2019
Jacobs, a midfielder, was part of the Gers squad at last year’s Alkass International Cup, and was one of three players to spend time in Scotland training with the Gers at the end of 2019.
In August 2019, Jacobs became the youngest professional player in US football history after turning pro at the age of 14 years, four months and 29 days – surpassing the mark set by Freddy Adu previously.
Despite being born in the USA and representing America at youth levels, Jacobs holds a British passport which means the Light Blues can bring him to Scotland much earlier.
Jacobs will be the second player to move from Orange County to Ibrox, following goalkeeper Aaron Cervantes as the Gers’ partnership with OCSC bears fruit for the Light Blues.
— Orange County SC (@orangecountysc) January 25, 2020
The deal to bring Jacobs to Ibrox reportedly includes a sizeable sell-on clause for the American with OCSC Set to benefit in the future if he impresses at Rangers.