Rangers 'win the race' to sign 16-year-old EFL wonderkid - report
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Rangers win race to land 16-year-old EFL wonderkid - report

Rangers have ‘won the race’ to sign 16-year-old Millwall forward Zak Lovelace, according to reports.

Lovelace, who made his first-team debut aged 15, is likely to move to Ibrox for around £200,000 in training compensation having rejected the chance to stay at the Millwall.

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The Rangers Review’s Jonny McFarlane has reported that Lovelace has now decided on his future, with Rangers coming out on top in the race for his signature.

Milwall boss Gary Rowett admitted earlie this month that there was a good chance that Lovelace would leave this summer despite their best attempts to keep him, saying: “The club have made it clear that we would love Zak to be part of what we do next year and on a full-time basis. That’s our aim.

“There is an inevitability, unfortunately, that some of your better young players get poached by other clubs. To a certain degree those fees are a little bit out of your hands.

“Zak is one of those, a lad who has had a bit of interest. He’ll be getting different advice and all we can do is show how much we want him here and then see what happens.

“I don’t think he has got to make a decision now. Someone would have to be interested and essentially pay compensation for him.

“I really like him. He’s a young player I really want to see in our first team. But if a young player doesn’t sign it’s not always under our control.

“As usual it favours the elite clubs and punishes the clubs who are trying to develop these young players.”

Lovelace likely to join Rangers B in Lowland League this season

The teenager’s arrival further bolsters the range of attacking options in the club’s Academy sides, with Lovelace likely to link up with the B team initially.

The signing of yet another promising youngster backs up Academy director Craig Mulholland’s earlier claims that the Light Blues would target the best young talent from England as well as Scotland.

In other news, Rangers confirm two more pre-season friendlies as West Ham head for Ibrox

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