In another bizarre twist for the Academy, Ciaran Dickson is said to be following Dapo Mebude’s footsteps and swapping Rangers for the PL, in his case Burnley.
Rumours abound the 19-year old fell out with bosses at Auchenhowie leading to his departure earlier this month, despite signing a new deal 6 months ago, but it’s being claimed the midfielder had a major disagreement with youth coaches and ‘mutual consent’ was applied.
Now PL cracks Burnley are set to snap him up just as Watford did Mebude and time will tell if either of them breach the first teams at those sides or they fail to make the grade.
It’s a curious time for the youth sector at Ibrox – a bigger exodus than usual was carried out this summer with a glut of seemingly promising young players headed for the doors, the headlines being that of Mebude and Nathan Young-Coombes, but of course in NYC’s case he’s yet another to secure a PL gig, in his case at Brentford.
It’s a clear step up for all three, going from Rangers reserves to PL B teams, and while none of the destination clubs are even a 20th the size of Rangers, the PL 2 is a mile above in terms of standard over the SPL and all three are getting an upgrade there.
Whether they hit the fabled PL proper is anyone’s guess, but Dickson is another example of the quality Auchenhowie is producing.
Why it’s not getting the light of day in Rangers’ senior team better people than us can tell you.