By Joe Ellis

11th Jul, 2022 | 6:10pm

Rangers set to sign teenage Hibernian striker Connor Young

Rangers are lining up a move to sign Hibernian’s prolific teenage striker Connor Young this summer, according to the Edinburgh Evening News.

The 17-year-old was in sensational form throughout the 2021-22 campaign, scoring 25 goals for the Cabbage’s youth sides last season as they went on to reach European football and the semi-finals of the Scottish Youth Cup.

Young has not made his debut for the Hibs senior side yet but he was due to be involved in their revived B team for the 2022-23 season having excelled at the Under-18s level.

He had already netted five goals in two games for that side but Rangers are now ready to swoop in and take him away from Easter Road and to Auchenhowie where he will team up with the club’s academy sides.

Young is just the latest Scottish youngster to make the switch to Ibrox with Bailey Rice, Keiron Willox, Mason Munn and Zak Lovelace among those who have opted to join the Light Blues’ academy.

Best in the land

There is a very obvious reason why so many teenagers are flooding to Auchenhowie to further their footballing careers and that’s because no one does it better than we do.

No club can offer the pathway to the first team like we can and these teenagers will be massively encouraged by the chances awarded to Alex Lowry and Leon King for their superb development in the youth sides.

They all look at that and think ‘that could be me’ and therefore have very little if any hesitation in putting pen to paper on a deal when Rangers come knocking on their door.

It is a fantastic luxury to have because we know that the best young talent in the country want to play for us over anyone else so we can bide our time and then pick and choose which players we want to sign, knowing that we will.

It all points towards us becoming something of a dominant force on Scottish shores for years to come and that’s before we’ve gone and conquered Europe too.

In other Rangers news, two of our own starlets are wanted by this Scottish Championship club in a double loan swoop.