Rangers youngster Liam Burt has told the club's official website that it means a lot to have signed a new contract with the club, because he has been given chances around the first team.
Burt, 17, was on the books with Rangers' fierce Old Firm rivals Celtic, but was released in 2014, paving the way for him to stay in Glasgow by making the switch to Ibrox.
Since that move, Burt has gone from strength to strength, and is now considered to be one of Scotland's top young talents having caught the eye for the Scotland Under-16's, Under-18's and Under-19's.
This term, the young midfielder has made his Rangers debut having come on as a substitute against Raith Rovers at the start of the month, before signing a new contract with the club just days later.
Given that manager Mark Warburton has a background in youth development, Burt - as well as other Rangers prospects - should feel optimistic about their chances of breaking into Warburton's first-team on a regular basis, with Burt admitting that was a factor in his decision to commit his future to Rangers.
Burt has told the club's official website that it 'meant a lot' to extend his Rangers contract, because he has been given a chance in the first-team under Warburton and wants to build on that over the coming years.
Burt admitted that, thanks to Warburton's arrival, it's an exciting time for all the up-and-coming youngsters at Rangers, and believes there is a clear path from the academy to the first-team setup at Ibrox.
"It means a lot to sign with Rangers, especially having got on the pitch the other week there against Raith," said Burt. "I want to go on and do that a lot more, and signing this new deal means I’m committed to Rangers and my focus is here for the next few year. Training and being involved with the first team is a real challenge, and I want to continue to do it as all I want to do is play first-team football."
"The changes have definitely benefited me and a number of the other players in the Academy, and it is all gearing to attacking football and keeping the ball. It’s an exciting time, especially for all of the youngsters. There is a pathway there and if we are doing well, we will eventually get our chance," he added.
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