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.
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.
“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.