Forget Lewis Morgan, is Harry Cochrane becoming Rangers' biggest regret?

Graeme Murty, Manager of Rangers reacts during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on March 11, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Scottish Premiership giants Rangers had Harry Cochrane at Ibrox before he left to join league rivals Heart of Midlothian.

A general view of Ibrox Stadium ahead of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on September 18, 2011 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Three of the most exciting midfielders in Scottish football right now have something in common: they all had spells in Rangers’ youth team.

Dylan McGeouch is something of a late bloomer, the Hibernian play-maker earning his first ever Scotland call-up at the age of 25. But what could have been if he had not left Rangers for Old Firm rivals Celtic in 2011 after three years on the blue half of the city.

Lewis Morgan has also gone from Rangers to Celtic, via a breakthrough spell at St Mirren.

Lewis Morgan of St Mirren in action during the BETFRED Cup Group Stage between St Mirren and Edinburgh City at St Mirren Park on July 30, 2016 in Paisley, Scotland.

But perhaps the biggest mistake was the decision to release one Harry Cochrane. This wonderful little midfielder is starting and starring on a regular basis in the Scottish Premiership despite being just 16.

And according to the Daily Record, Hearts are now close to tying the teenager down to a long-term deal amid interest down south from Leeds United and Premier League Brighton.

Hearts Harry Cochrane during the pre season friendly between Hearts and Newcastle on July 14, 2017 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

“We’re re-negotiating a contract with Harry which will hopefully be done soon,” Hearts manager Craig Levein said of Cochrane, who shot to fame with a sublime goal in the 4-0 thrashing of Celtic in December which ended Brendan Rodgers’ 69-game domestic unbeaten run.

“Harry has had an amazing start to his career but I would like to get two or three more seasons out of him – 100-odd games at least – before he does anything else.”

News of huge interest in Cochrane, and a long-term deal at Tynecastle, will rub salt into Rangers’ wounds. After all, he started his career at Ibrox before joining Hearts at U13 level and, if letting Cochrane slip through the net looks a major error now, imagine the disappointment if he fulfils his huge potential.

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