By Jason Jones

20th Feb, 2020 | 6:05pm

Confirmed - Defender pens new deal with Rangers

Rangers defender Kyle McClelland has signed a new deal at Ibrox. 

The Gers made the announcement via their official academy Twitter account on Thursday afternoon.

The teenager has put pen to paper on a contract extension that will keep him at the club until at least summer 2022.

McClelland has yet to make his first team bow for the Gers, but is a regular at the heart of defence for the U18s setup.

The youngster is also a Northern Ireland youth international, and recently made the step up to the U19 squad for this country.

The starlet has risen through the ranks in Glasgow after joining the Gers as a child.

Is this a good deal for the Gers?

Obviously, it depends how you look at it.

There will be some who aren’t overly impressed by a contract extension for a youth player who has yet to make an appearance for the first team.

Others, however, will be keen to point out that tying down impressive young talent like McClelland is a necessity for the future.

He may not be a world beater right now, but given the right amount of time and patience, then there’s no reason why he can’t go on to make a name for himself.

Clearly, if the club have seen fit to hand him a fresh deal then he must have something worth investing in, and based on his recent outings for the U18s, it’s not particularly difficult to see why this decision has been taken.

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