Rangers finally confirmed the world’s worst kept secret that winger and attacker Ross McCausland has signed a four-year deal to keep him at Ibrox till 2027, instantly spiking his market value from the modest £2M-£3M it was previously at to well over £10M, assuming he can continue to progress.
Now, we urge caution – as we’ve said many times before on Ibrox Noise, this isn’t a green around the gills 18-year-old or a young teen, indeed. It’s a 20-year-old man who is going into the serious period of his career and should be looking to become a mainstay of the XI.
If he is good enough.
We have all seen flashes in the pan – Kai Kennedy a good example of an Auchenhowie youth who seemed to have all the promise but didn’t deliver and ended up at York City in England’s National League.
And going back a little further there’s Chris Burke who was the single shining light in Eck’s last season, but while he had a solid career in the end, the ‘new Brian Laudrup’ he was far from.
So yes, there are expectations on McCausland, and he’s at the age now where he has to be able to deliver on them.
He has four years now with Rangers, amid competition from Brentford, Burnley, Roma, and especially Atalanta who were ready with a bid. Thomas Frank’s Bees were also considering making the move.
And if he is good enough he will make it. We’ve liked very much what we’ve seen so far, and he couldn’t be under a better manager to develop further, and the tools are clearly there for McCausland to install himself as a regular in Rangers’ team.
There’s no point in the ‘go easy on him’ or ‘give him a chance’ type rhetoric. He needs to play, and show us he’s worth the massive contract Philippe Clement has given him.
It’s been a great start, hopefully this potential superstar of the future shows us why he’s now here for almost half a decade.