An update has emerged on Glasgow Rangers and their efforts to secure the long-term future of Robbie Ure…
What’s the talk?
According to Football Insider, the Light Blues academy striker has rejected the club’s latest attempt to pin him down to a contract extension this summer.
The report claims that the forward has turned down their offer as it would have put him on less money than he is currently earning in the B Team at Ibrox.
His current deal is due to expire at the end of the season and Football Insider state that the gem now has an eye on a departure from Glasgow, which would only earn the Light Blues a compensation fee due to his age.
Billy Gilmour 2.0
Sporting director Ross Wilson must now work hard to avoid a situation where Ure becomes a repeat of the Billy Gilmour disasterclass for Rangers, after the club were forced to watch the young midfielder’s development from afar after he departed as a teenager.
Chelsea only had to pay an initial £500k for the 15-year-old in 2017 and went on to sell him to Premier League side Brighton, after he had established himself as a full international for Scotland, for £7.5m, potentially rising to £10m, last year.
Gilmour’s 16 caps for Scotland and 42 Premier League appearances, along with his £10m transfer to the Seagulls, suggest that Rangers missed out on enjoying a quality player and a big payday, which was a disaster for the club.
Ure’s form for the B Team this season suggests that the gem could be the next Gilmour to go on to achieve great success down south, or elsewhere in Europe, if Rangers do not convince him to stay.
The 18-year-old has plundered 16 goals and six assists in 24 Lowland League matches this term, whilst also scoring three goals and providing two assists in six UEFA Youth League outings.
These statistics show that the young marksman has been a regular contributor in the final third for the youth team and this means that the forward could be a match-winner for Michael Beale’s side if he is able to translate that form into the first-team.
Scott Arfield hailed the forward as “magic” after a League Cup win over Queen of the South earlier this season and his performance in that match – scoring on his senior debut – showed that he has the potential to make the step up to senior level.
Therefore, allowing Ure to walk for a compensation fee in the summer would be a significant blow for the club, due to his scope for development and what he could achieve in the future, which is why Wilson must remain locked in talks with the talent in an attempt to change his mind and convince him to stay at Ibrox.
The teenage striker has showcased his talent throughout the season so far, and grasped his first-team opportunity in the cup, and Rangers will not want to look back with regret if Ure ends up following in Gilmour’s footsteps by becoming a success in England.
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