By Joe Ellis

3rd Jul, 2022 | 3:02pm

Rangers sign Scottish youth international Cameron Bell from Everton

Rangers have announced the signing of 16-year-old defender Cameron Bell who joins the club from Premier League side Everton.

The Scottish youth international is the latest in a long line of teenagers who have penned a deal to play at Auchenhowie for Cameron Campbell and Stevie Smith’s Under-18s side.

Keiron Willox, Bailey Rice, Mason Munn, Lancelot Pollard and Cameron Cooper have all agreed to join the Light Blues this summer and play for the youth sides hoping that a promotion to the senior team in due course is in their future.

BBC journalist Fraser Fletcher believes that the club are expecting to announce even more new youth signings in the near future.

Despite the wave of youngsters arriving at the club, the only new player Giovanni van Bronckhorst has to play with at the moment is John Souttar who has finally arrived on a pre-contract from Hearts.

Scotland’s finest

As we saw last season in the Lowland League, where our B team finished second in the division, ahead of Celtic, we have probably the best academy structure in the entire country and this just strengthens our position.

Youngsters from across Scotland and the rest of the United Kingdom have seen the likes of Alex Lowry and Leon King be given their senior debuts and performed to very high levels and have been inspired.

They all want a piece of the cake and to be given the same chance that they are highly unlikely to get at their current clubs, especially if they’re Premier League clubs.

We can use that to our advantage to get even more youngsters to come to Auchenhowie for the next step in their careers and have the best chance to make their senior debuts.

That is all well and good but we could do with more than just kids in the transfer market if we’re going to make an impact this season.

In other Rangers news, the manager of Maccabi Tel Aviv has sent a stern warning to the Bears over the price of their sensational teenage wonderkid.