By Kealan Hughes

22nd Feb, 2021 | 5:05pm

Rangers complete deal to sign Francis Jacobs from Orange County

Rangers have completed a deal for Orange County wonderkid Francis Jacobs according to The Athletic.

Jacobs is still only 15 and is expected to arrive at Rangers later this year.

He has trained with the Gers before in December 2019, due to the “strategic partnership” that exists between the two clubs.

That may be why Rangers have been able to sign the midfielder, despite “big clubs overseas” showing interest, per Orange County general manager Oliver Wyss.

Jacobs is very highly rated in the US having signed his first professional contract at just 14.

He has compared himself to the likes of Andres Iniesta and Kevin De Bruyne.

Future star?

Jacobs is certainly unproven but he is clearly an exciting young talent.

He has played for Orange County twice but the recruitment staff at Ibrox will be aware of his potential.

Steven Gerrard may have also seen him in action when he came to Glasgow a little more than a year ago.

His invite to the Alkass International Cup last year shows he is a player with pedigree.

It is one of the most prestigious U16 tournaments in the world, and the fact Jacobs impressed shows he has a bright future ahead.

We are excited to see him develop with us and are glad we have focused on recruiting young players recently.

He clearly has a lot further to go than the likes of Scott Wright or Nnamdi Ofoborh – who agreed deals in January – but we believe he will progress with us.

It is also positive to see our unique relationship with Orange County bearing fruit.

They may not be the most reputable club but they have a wide catchment area to pinch talent from, and hopefully we continue tapping into that market.

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