McKee could be among the next batch of Ibrox talents to feature under the Rangers manager, Steven Gerrard.

The young Ibrox striker, Chris McKee, has claimed his “heart was always set on Rangers” despite having interest from other clubs including Nottingham Forest.

McKee moved to Rangers on a three-year deal from Linfield last summer, after impressing while on trial in Auchenhowie.

And the 17-year-old’s first season at Rangers can be deemed a successful one, having helped the Gers’ Under-17 side lift the ALKASS Cup in Qatar earlier this year.

Nottingham Forest are one of the sides listed by Belfast Live as suitors prior to McKee joining Rangers.

But the Northern Irish talent – whose father is a Tottenham Hotspur supporter – explained to the newspaper: “I moved over on June 28 last year and I have loved every minute of it.

“I was at Linfield for five years, from U11 to U16 level. Then some clubs across the water started showing interest in me and things gathered pace from there.

“My heart was always set on Rangers.

“I was over the moon when they came in for me. It was like a dream come true, but I realise I have to put in a lot of hard work if I want to succeed here.”

The Rangers manager, Steven Gerrard, gave debuts to Glenn Middleton, Stephen Kelly, Serge Atakayi, Jordan Houston and Dapo Mebude last season.

And McKee will hope to follow in the quintet’s footsteps over the next two campaigns.

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