Nottingham Forest manager Mark Warburton
It appears that Mark Warburton will not accept defeat in his attempt to sign Livingston starlet Matthew Knox.
The 17-year-old is one of the most sought-after young players in British football and, according to the Daily Record, he has had trials at Manchester United, Liverpool, Everton and Tottenham Hotspur since bursting on to the scene in Scotland.
The report adds that Rangers were determined to win the race after inviting Knox to train with their senior team in March 2016.
Jurgen Klopp and Mauricio Pochettino are just two managers who have offered Knox an opportunity
And Warburton made it clear that the Edinburgh-born wonder kid would not be just another number if he put pen to paper at Ibrox.
“Knox is a smart, talented boy. He’s confident, good in possession and technically gifted," the 54-year-old told the Daily Record at the time.
“Too many times, you see clubs blood someone and then you never see them again. If he’s good enough, you make sure there is an opportunity.
“I believe you have to show there is a pathway."
On the up?
Clearly, Warburton believed that Knox was good enough to make waves in the Rangers first-team. And 12 months on, the play-maker's reputation has only increased after helping Livingston cruise to the League One title.
And it appears that a chance of scenery will not prevent Warburton making another attempt to finalise a deal for Knox this summer. The Mirror claims that his new employers Nottingham Forest will offer the fresh-faced starlet a deal this summer.
Forest are renowned for giving youngsters a pathway to the senior game, with Oliver Burke, Jamaal Lascelles and Karl Darlow all emerging through the club's academy.
Oliver Burke will be playing in the Champions League next season for RB Leipzig
And Warburton aims to continue the trend with 17-year-old striker Ben Brereton and ball playing centre-back Joe Worrall likely to form a major part of his plans next season.
Therefore, opportunity Knox for Matthew in Forest red.