By Ibrox News Speaking to Tam McManus

22nd Jan, 2023 | 2:10pm

Rangers: 'Big money' prediction made as deal completed to sign Alex Kpakpe after Premier League release

We’re delighted to welcome Tam McManus as our exclusive Rangers columnist as each week he’ll be giving his views on the biggest talking points at Ibrox

Rangers are looking to make big money by recruiting youngsters from other clubs, according to Tam McManus.

It was confirmed on 10 January that Alex Kpakpe has joined the Gers on a deal that runs until the end of the season after he was released by Chelsea a couple of months ago.

The 18-year-old left-back left Stamford Bridge in November and after a successful trial period at Auchenhowie, it has been announced that he’s been handed a contract that lasts for six months.

Kpakpe isn’t the only youngster to join Rangers from another club in the last year, as point out by McManus, who believes that the approach at Ibrox could be done with the hope of that one of them can manage to burst into the first team one day.

“Rangers not only bring a lot of their own players through but they’ve shown they can also nick players from other clubs,” McManus told Ibrox News. “I know they’ve done that up here.

They signed a lad, Connor Young, from Hibs for a fee and they also signed Bailey Rice from Motherwell for a fee.

They’re trying to cherry-pick the best young players from other clubs and this lad (Kpakpe) is another example of that. He’s an 18-year-old full-back.

Rangers’ scouting network and their youth set-up seem to be wide.

“You’re paying nominal fees for these young boys so if one of them makes it, you can make big money off them and then it’s all worth it.

Kpakpe will clearly be in the B team but in the next couple of seasons he’ll be trying to push into the first team.”

In other Rangers news, the Gers want to offer a four-and-a-half-year contract to seal the signing of this European ace.