Brian Kinnear has been snapped up by Premier League and Europa League club West Ham United after being released by Rangers.
Kinnear came through the ranks at Auchenhowie and spent time out on loan at Camelon Juniors and Annan Athletic.
However, although he was highly rated, there are several other impressive homegrown keepers at Rangers right now including Robby McCrorie, Kieran Wright and Jay Hogarth, so when Kinnear was involved in a high-profile breach of Covid regulations in February, a summer exit was always likely.
He looked like he’d already found a new club by mid-June, with the Daily Record reporting that he’d agreed a deal with EFL Championship outfit Birmingham City following a brief trial.
That switch never materialised, but he was soon taken in on trial by the Hammers and on Tuesday, it was confirmed that he’d signed a one-year deal.
“I’m really happy to be here, I’ve been on trial for a bit and I’m just happy to get it over the line and I can’t wait to get started,” said Kinnear [West Ham TV].
“The first day I came in I thought I did really well and then they asked me to come back in and then that was me, I was happy then.
“It’s a change, obviously having to move away from home, the first time I’m having to do that. I’m coming from a big club like Rangers up in Scotland – coming down here to a great club especially coming from one, you don’t usually get the chance to move to another one, so I’m happy to be here.”
— brian kinnear (@briankinnear1) August 3, 2021
Elsewhere in the interview, the former Ger describes himself as ‘strong’, ‘athletic’, ‘pretty good at shot-stopping’ and good with the ball at his feet.
It’s likely that Kinnear will first have to prove himself at U23s level, with first-team manager David Moyes already having several strong options at his disposal including Lukasz Fabianski and Alphonse Areola.
However, this is still a massive opportunity for the 20-year-old at a big English club.
A current Rangers player could soon also be heading to England but only for a loan move.