Former Rangers starlet Harris O’Connor is currently on trial at Airdrieonians, who are managed by ex-Ibrox player Ian Murray.
O’Connor was one of ten Academy players released by the Gers earlier this summer.
— Rangers B & Academy (@RFC_Youth) June 8, 2021
The 19-year-old defender played for Charlton and Kilmarnock before moving to Ibrox and he impressed early on.
However, he experienced a tough loan at Brechin City during the final few months of last season and with several other quality young centre-backs tied to the club like Lewis Mayo and Leon King, the decision was eventually made to let him go.
He’s now a free agent but is currently trying to win a deal at League One outfit Airdrie and played the full 90 minutes of their recent North Lanarkshire Cup final defeat to Clyde.
“Harris is a really talented player but he is still young,” said Diamond boss Ian Murray [Daily Record]. “We just need to weigh up the options with him and be fair to him in terms of how many minutes he could get at Airdrie next season.”
“We’ve got a lot of cover on the right side of our defence with Sam Wardrop and Craig Watson. He’s been with us for four or five sessions and he’s got a fantastic attitude.
“It was a hard game for him today but these are the type of games that you learn about defensive trialists. It was a good test for him and we will sit down with him over the next couple of days.”
Two individuals with Rangers connections in O’Connor and Murray have come together here, but it certainly doesn’t sound as though a contract offer is a foregone conclusion.
League One is a physical division and a tough environment for a previous academy defender with little experience of senior football to drop into.
Even if it isn’t at Clyde, though, it’s likely that the former Gers starlet will get a chance somewhere for the 2021/22 season, and when he does get a contract, the fantastic attitude Murray spoke of is sure to serve him well.
One of the other young players released earlier this summer has explained his subsequent transfer decision that baffled Rangers fans.