Rangers look set to be forced to wait until they can seal a deal to sign FC Honka striker Juan Diego Alegria.

The Colombia Under-17 international has been linked with a loan move to Ibrox by Antena 2 and Steven Gerrard confirmed earlier on Friday that the club is “well aware of the player” (via Rangers).

Alegria himself told Glasgow Live that he was “finalising details” over a move, but according to the Daily Record, the UK’s post-Brexit immigration laws could throw a spanner in the works.

The 18-year-old is not a full international at this stage and the Daily Record report that Rangers do not expect him to be eligible for a work permit.

Therefore, the Gers look set to wait until the UK government’s new regulations are finalised, although as of yet there has been no timescale set for their announcement.

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Sign of things to come

While any delay in the Gers’ bid to sign Alegria is unlikely to derail their pursuit of a first Scottish Premiership title since 2011, it is a sign of things to come in terms of recruiting young players.

With immigration rules changing, clubs will need to change their practices and become smarter and more strategic in the way they recruit.

When pursuing international players or well-known talent, the process will be largely unchanged, with the biggest difference likely to come when clubs target players from current EU countries.

In terms of Alegria’s future, he is very unlikely to feature for Rangers this season, even if a deal is reached. He has played just six matches for Finnish top-flight side FC Honka since arriving in September (via Transfermarkt) and is likely seen as a player that will make an impact at academy level, to begin with.

Having said that, he scored four in four for FC Honka two early this season, which shows his goalscoring potential.

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