By Jason Jones

8th Apr, 2020 | 7:30pm

Ibrox View: Stunning footage surely proves Rangers have landed major coup after latest report

RANGERS OPINION 

Rangers may well have wrapped up one of the coups of the season by landing Irish sensation Charlie Lindsay. 

According to a report from the Scottish Sun, the Gers have secured a three-year deal for the 15-year-old, who currently plies his trade with Glentoran.

It is understood that he will join up with the Bears after celebrating his 16th birthday in July.

But the Gers already have a very good idea of what kind of player they’re signing.

Lindsay was a standout performer for the club’s U17s set up during a trial period at the Alkass International Cup back in February, finishing the competition as player of the tournament and drawing comparisons to Wayne Rooney.

And a closer look at his performances in that tournament illustrate why he was deserving of such high praise.

Lindsay scored six in five for the Gers over in Qatar, as well as providing two assists and putting 85% of his shots on target, as per Wyscout.

As a point of reference, that’s 34% higher than Alfredo Morelos‘ shot accuracy this season.

The first thing you notice about Lindsay from watching him in action is just how quickly he covers ground.

With a relatively diminutive stature and a low centre of gravity, he bustles and buzzes around the pitch, but does so with a deceptive amount of pace.

Take the image above, for example, captured in the build up to his sixth and final goal of the tournament.

Notice how far behind the defender he is when the ball is played.

Now look at where he receives the ball.

The distance he has covered is frightening – and this is in the 89th minute with his side a goal up, when you might forgive him for dawdling a little.

The composure and skill he then shows to drive on is superb, and his eventual finish – a low driven effort from a relatively tight angle – is brilliantly instinctive, almost as if he has done it 1,000 times before and knows where the goal is by some kind of sixth sense alone. Bear in mind, he is not yet 16.

Lindsay has a real eye for the spectacular too.

Looking at the image above, it’s almost incomprehensible that he was willing to shoot from that far out – let alone that he has the ability to put it in the top bracket.

His confidence in his own ability seemingly knows no bounds, but rather than exuding arrogance or any other kind of worrying trait, the youngster is blessed with an abundance of calm assurance that he is able to back up fantastically.

That strike gives the goalkeeper absolutely no chance, and is enough to convince any casual observer that this lad is something very, very special.

He will need time to grow and develop, and patience will be key to ensuring he reaches his full potential, but this could be a massive, massive coup for the Gers, make no mistake.

In other Rangers news, SPFL provide major update on Gers title hopes.