Rangers youngsters Rhys Breen and Kieran Wright have secured season-long loan moves to SPFL League One club Partick Thistle.
The deals were announced on Thursday afternoon, with the two Academy starlets crossing the city in a bid to build up first-team experience.
✍️ LOAN SIGNINGS: We can confirm the signing of Kieran Wright and Rhys Breen on loan until the end of the season from Rangers, subject to SFA approval.
— Partick Thistle FC (@PartickThistle) August 27, 2020
20-year-old goalkeeper, Wright, is no stranger to a stint away from Ibrox. He’s already turned out for Gala Fairydean, Albion Rovers, Raith Rovers and Alloa Athletic, making this the fifth loan spell of his fledgling career.
Centre-back, Breen, who is also 20, is at the opposite end of the loan spectrum. This is his first stint away from Ibrox, with the physical defender looking to test himself in the SPFL after turning out regularly for the Colts team last season.
Speaking to the ptfc.co.uk, Thistle boss Ian McCall said: “I’m delighted that we have managed to secure these two young players. Kieran will train with us tomorrow then will be away for 8 days with the Scotland under 21s. He is here to battle it out with Jamie Sneddon for the number 1 jersey.
“Rhys is naturally left-sided and is very quick. Pace was a little issue when I came back to Firhill and we have began to address that with two or three of our signings.
“The last couple of seasons I have been reasonably lucky with loans from Rangers and Celtic and I wish these 2 lads all the very best in their time with us.”
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Rangers’ statement on the loan moves described the environment at Thistle as “highly-competitive and demanding” as the Maryhill-based club look to gain promotion back to the Championship at the first time of asking.
Wright and Breen follow in the footsteps of Cammy Palmer, Jamie Barjonas and Lewis Mayo who spent time on loan at Firhill last season, while striker Zak Rudden completed a permanent move there back in January.
It remains to be seen how much playing time the two young Gers will receive, but regular minutes in the Scottish third tier would undoubtedly be beneficial for their development.
There is clearly a strong relationship between the two clubs right now due to McCall’s links to Rangers and he’ll be hoping that after a dismal 2019/20, Thistle’s luck is about to change.