By Pranav Shahaney

2nd Jul, 2022 | 5:10pm

High hopes for midfielder Bailey Rice who quit Motherwell to join Rangers

Rangers reportedly believe that Bailey Rice has what it takes to become a physical specimen after sealing his move to Ibrox.

According to The Athletic, the youngster did not get a place at Scottish FA’s performance school five years ago due to his lack of athleticism, but the club believe that he has developed since then.

He recently left fellow SPFL side Motherwell to join Rangers and the club have high hopes for him.

One for the future

Rice has been viewed as a deep-lying playmaker but his awareness coupled by his defensive abilities make him an option to play at centre-back as well.

The 15-year-old surely isn’t ready for first-team football but they have scouted his progress enough to be assured that he will eventually come good.

The race had been hotting up for his services and Celtic were also believed to be keen on signing him from Motherwell.

However, it’s the Ibrox giants that eventually won the race and he’s one player that Giovanni van Bronckhorst will have his eyes on.

While the upcoming pre season may be too soon, he could be part of the summer squad in 2023 and if he keeps developing as he has in the past, he could only be a couple of years away from his senior debut.

Watching him come up the ranks will also be extremely exciting for the fans as they hold the club’s academy in high regard.

In other Rangers news, contract talks with a key player have hit a new impasse with a summer exit now on the cards.