Mark Warburton is building for the future at Ibrox and he sees Matthew Knox as a key part of his plan.
When Manchester United come calling, most players would leap onto the first train to the North West with barely a glance or a goodbye. And, with the Daily Record claiming that he is gearing up for a make or break third trial under the beady eye of Jose Mourinho at Manchester United, Rangers’ chances of landing 17-year-old starlet Matthew Knox look about as likely as getting a belated Christmas card from one Joey Barton.
Whether Knox, the youngest player in Livingston’s history, views such an array of tempting choices as a blessing or a curse, only he can say. After all, per the Daily Record, he’s had short stints with Tottenham, Liverpool and Everton as well as two attempts to prove his worth to the coaches at Britain’s most renowned footballing academy.
However, the teenage midfielder cannot let the impetuousness of youth, not to mention the prospect of receiving passes from Paul Pogba or setting up Zlatan Ibrahimovic, cloud his vision.
No one needs reminding about Jose Mourinho’s rather alarming record when it comes to bringing through young players and, despite the rapid rise of Marcus Rashford, OFSTED would grade the Old Trafford finishing school unsatisfactory based on its performance in recent years.
Furthermore, the fact that United are yet to make a final decision after two separate trial periods suggests uncertainty on their part. On the flipside, Rangers have already made numerous bids for one of Scotland’s most exciting young talents, per the Daily Record.
And he’s not alone. 20-year-old Motherwell flyer Chris Cadden is reportedly topping their transfer wishlist while 18-year-old Aston Villa attacker Rushian Hepburn-Murphy was a primary target for some time despite featuring in just 12 minutes of league action so far in his professional career.
And that’s without mentioning 16-year-old prodigy Billy Gilmour, who Mark Warburton is determined to retain despite links with almost every big club on the continent.
Quite clearly, Rangers are building for the future as opposed to Manchester United, whose aims have become increasingly short-term.
Opportunity Knox north of the border.