By Pranav Shahaney

22nd May, 2023 | 3:40pm

Teenage midfielder Jamie Newton has signed a contract extension at Rangers with his deal now running out in the 2024 campaign.

Rangers B and Academy announced via their official Twitter handle that the club are delighted that the 18-year-old has put pen to paper on a new deal.

Per UEFA’s official website, his date of birth is 22/05/05 which means that he signed a deal on the day he turned 18.

Via Twitter, the club wrote, “RangersFC are delighted to announce that Jamie Newton has signed a contract extension until the end of the 2023/24 season.”

Building for the future

It’s good to see the club tying its best young players to new deals and it’s a good idea to give them short-term contracts.

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This means that their performances can be assessed every season and the club can take a decision during May and June each year.

It also gives the players an incentive to perform better than their peers and sees them pushing their limits in order to be the standout performers in the academy.

It remains to be seen how Newton fares in the upcoming season and it’s certain that Michael Beale will be keeping tabs on him and others in the academy.

The 18-year-old was part of Rangers Academy’s schoolboy programme and moved into the under-18s group for the 2022/23 season.

This deal merits his good performances for the youngsters this campaign and hopefully, he can kick on to another level next season.

In other Rangers news, the club are clearly playing a sick joke with their supporters after they made an announcement about a senior player.