Five clubs have expressed an interest in signing Rangers centre-forward James Graham, according to the Daily Record.
The Scottish publication reported on its transfer blog on Friday [18 August, 12:05] that Annan Athletic, Forfar Athletic, Edinburgh City, Stenhousemuir and East Fife are in the running for Graham.
Rangers are said to be happy to let the 19-year-old spend the season away from Ibrox to gain some experience, but they are currently weighing up which club is best for his development.
Graham is a player who is thought of highly at Rangers, though the club’s decision to remove their B team from the Lowland Football League means many youngsters are at somewhat of a crossroads.
The teenage attacker has yet to make his senior debut for Rangers and is not likely to seriously challenge for a squad place this campaign.
Spending the next nine months elsewhere therefore seems like the wisest option. Whichever tier of Scottish football he ends up playing in, he will gain valuable experience.
Graham will no doubt aim to score on a regular basis in order to catch the eye of Michael Beale, and it may well be that this time next year he is in a position to claim a place in the first-team squad.
However, with his Ibrox contract due to expire at the end of the current campaign, a failure to make an impact out on loan could leave Graham without a club.
Rangers handed major PSV Champions League boost
Rangers have been handed a major boost ahead of next week’s Champions League qualifier against PSV – with record signing Noa Lang is a doubt for the first-leg.
The 24-year-old Dutchman won’t even travel with his squad to Glasgow, as confirmed by manager Peter Bosz, who does not want to risk aggravating his injury issues further with the second-leg, and indeed the rest of their league campaign, in mind. PSV have revenge on their minds after Gers knocked them out of the same competition last term but Bosz will wrap his star man in cotton wool.
Confirming Lang would not be used in the first-leg and potentially beyond that, Bosz revealed: “Noa is not going to play.
“It can be dangerous to let him play. I am not going to run that risk at the start of the season. I am not taking him with me.”
PSV knocked Sturm Graz out in the previous round in a 7-2 aggregate scoreline and will want to continue that momentum with a strong showing at Ibrox.
Lang joined the Dutch giants from Club Brugge earlier this year for a fee believed to be around €15million.