Should Rangers try for promising 2016 trialist again?


With Rangers’ creative talents always looking for a helping hand, could it be worth Pedro Caixinha’s time revisiting a failed attempt by his predecessor to bring a wonderfully talented young Scottish prospect to Ibrox?

Rangers were linked to Livingston’s Matthew Knox for a considerable time, before having a measly group of bids rejected by the Almondvale side. Indeed, the-now 17 year old forward even trained at Ibrox for a period on trial in the summer of 2016, but failure to agree terms with his club saw the deal fail.

Rangers fans will remember his outstanding cross which led to ex-Rangers defender Craig Halkett’s soaring header when Mark Warburton’s men travelled to Livie and left the ground with nothing.

The lad’s talent was pretty obvious and back then he was barely 16, but since then his career has gone quite quiet and he has remained in Scotland’s second top tier.

There could be an opportunity for Rangers to hoover up some Scotland’s finest young talent (Lewis Morgan remains on the radar, as does the slightly older Jamie Walker) at a reasonably modest cost, and if Knox ticks the boxes, perhaps this would be a worthwhile investment.

He is capable of playing as much on the wings, as he is as striker, and his distribution is some of the best in the Championship.

The best years are ahead of Matthew Knox. At a modest cost, they could happen at Ibrox.


  1. A terrific young talent, but does he want to play for our U20's team before he makes our first team.

    Or we sign him and loan him out to Kilmarnock or St Johnstone or another team in the SPFL for a full season to get used to playing in the top league.

    If he continues with his development he then might be good enough for our first team.

  2. If the lad is as good as reported then why don’t we take a leaf out of the London clubs, Chelsea, Arsenal and Spurs who sign players from the lower division clubs and re-loan them back to the club they bought the player from. This in my mind is a great way for the individual to progress his career by playing with his familiar teammates and also a way to make sure he progresses in his game. So maybe signing Knox, re-loaning him back to Livingston for the rest of the season and bringing him to Ibrox for pre-season training.

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