By Doug Ward

28th Apr, 2023 | 4:10pm

Rangers in major power move as Arsenal transfer snubbed, behind-the-scenes change in effect at Ibrox

Rangers have shown they cannot be bullied by the Premier League’s elite with Jack Wyllie and Calum Adamson both being set to sign two-year professional deals at Ibrox.

The Daily Record reported on 27 April that Arsenal and Tottenham both made approaches to sign 15-year-old Wyllie but he’s now set to stay on in Glasgow for at least another 24 months after this season ends.

As for Adamson, who’s also 15, he’d been wanted by Crystal Palace and Champions League-chasing Newcastle United.

But he’s also going to put pen to paper on a pro deal at Ibrox in the summer when he turns 16.

It’s a huge boost for Rangers, without a doubt.

According to the Daily Record, academy director Craig Mulholland was a “major catalyst” in ensuring the 15-year-old duo will stay on in Govan despite the gazing eyes from the Premier League.

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In the past, Rangers would have probably lost the pair.

Billy Gilmour, who’s now at Brighton, is the biggest example of how a potential generational talent had been poached from the Ibrox academy with Chelsea signing him in 2017 when he was 15.

Last summer, Rory Wilson was signed up by Aston Villa for £350,000 when he was aged 16.

Is it a time of the signs that Rangers are now no longer willing to bow down to these big-spending Premier League clubs and really make an effort to keep hold of their best talent?

If you wind the clock back a year or two – or five – there’s no doubt that Arsenal, Spurs, Newcastle and Palace would be able to snap up our academy sensations.

Mulholland may have changed something behind the scenes, something could have been said to these players and first-team assurances may have been given. Who knows?

But either way, we don’t know much about Wyllie and Adamson due to their tender ages but the fact that these clubs wanted them suggests they’re special.

And we’re over the moon that they’re not going anywhere just yet.

In other Rangers news, Barry Ferguson has laid out his sack verdict on Michael Beale at Ibrox.