By Sam Stone

12th May, 2022 | 12:10pm

Rangers want-away youngster McClelland subject to interest from West Ham United

Rangers’ wantaway defender Kyle McClelland will be allowed to leave Ibrox for free with a future sell-on percentage going to the Ibrox side.

It has been reported by the Daily Record, that McClelland has been subject to intense interest from numerous Championship clubs along with Premier League West Ham.

However, Record Sport has reported that the 20-year-old will be allowed to leave for free with Rangers commanding a percentage of his next sale.

McClelland is yet to make his Rangers debut after featuring for their youth sides and a senior loan spell with Falkirk last year.

Good decision

It seems a bold decision from the 20-year-old, who is clearly held in high regard at Ibrox.

However, at a vital age, the youngster needs to be playing first team football in order to aid his development further.

Billionaire-owned West Ham [Forbes] are desperate to add to their defensive ranks and the Championship can be an excellent breeding ground for younger players to develop.

Rangers have good options in defence and with the youngster yet to break into Giovanni van Bronkhorst’s plans, it is understandable why, despite being offered a new deal, he wants to move on.

The next move for McClelland must see him gain first-team football.

Too often youth talents make the move to the Premier League and are starved of first-team football, which severely stunts their development.

Rangers have had plenty of youngsters come through their ranks who don’t feature regularly for the first team.

Maybe the Rangers’ hierarchy should give some of their young talent more opportunities in and around the first team.

In other Rangers news, the club are ‘not convinced’ by a key first-team player and an early termination of his contract is extremely likely.