By Daniel Feliciano

21st Jan, 2023 | 3:40pm

Official club partner reacts as Charlie McCann set for permanent Rangers exit to Forest Green Rovers

Official club partner Heart & Hand podcast are “sorry to see” Charlie McCann leave Rangers after Fabrizio Romano reported he was close to a permanent exit.

The Gers youngster has featured in the first-team this season under both Giovanni van Bronckhorst and Michael Beale, but has turned down a new deal at Ibrox and is set to join Forest Green Rovers.

After the news was broken by the reliable Romano on social media on Saturday morning (21 January), the club’s official partner reacted with their own tweet, admitting they felt he had a chance of making it at Ibrox.

“Sorry to see this but you can’t argue with a youngster wanting to play first-team football,” they wrote on their personal Twitter account (21 January).

“Really felt he had a chance.”

Ouch

McCann was in the class of quality youngsters coming through along with Nathan Patterson, Alex Lowry and Leon King.

Patterson is now a regular in the Premier League with Everton after getting lots of first-team football, while King and Lowry are on the periphery at Ibrox under Beale.

McCann was slightly behind them and with so many options at the club for his position, it just makes a lot of sense for him to move on and play regularly elsewhere.

If Rangers are smart they’ll put a sell-on clause in any deal to ensure they get good value for their money should be explode with his talent like he very well could, but this makes sense for everyone.

It’s a shame, definitely, because there is nothing like a homegrown talent coming through and shining, but it just wasn’t to be this time with McCann with no sign of him breaking into the side any time soon.

In other Rangers news, the club want to sign a young attacker from Aston Villa after the club made him available for transfer