By Doug Ward

24th Jun, 2022 | 8:40am

Rangers to pay compensation fee for Zak Lovelace as they beat Premier League clubs to transfer

Rangers have beaten a number of Premier League and overseas clubs to the signing of Millwall striker Zak Lovelace, according to The Scottish Daily Mail.

The newspaper reported via their print edition on 24 June (page 84) that the Gers are set to sign the 16-year-old for a cross-border compensation fee with the teenager’s contract at Millwall expiring next week.

It is understood that despite interest from elsewhere, Lovelace has opted to move to Ibrox and is expected to join up with Rangers’ B team.

Good signing

Lovelace is obviously going to be one for the future but the London-born striker already has some senior experience to his name despite his tender age.

He made his senior debut for Millwall in the 2021/22 Championship season at the age of 15 and, in doing so, became the South London club’s second-youngest player in their history.

He finished the season with five league appearances for the Lions, who finished ninth in the Championship, and interestingly, all five of his games saw his team avoid defeat.

Lovelace’s longest appearance, however, was only a 19-minute-long cameo at the back-end of a 0-0 draw with Middlesbrough. But, still, it’s impressive for a player who’s so young.

Rangers have done well to sign him.

It shows how much of an upward trajectory we’re on if we’re able to convince an England youth international to uproot his life in London to move to Glasgow.

He’s also going to be saying goodbye to the occasional season appearance to play for our B team.

It might be a while before Lovelace breaks into the senior side at Ibrox but we’re always prone to a bit of an injury crisis in Govan so we could see him sooner than expected.

We’re happy with this signing but now it’s time to start pushing on with additions to the first-team too.

In other Rangers news, the Gers have submitted a bid for a major new signing.