Albert Rachi played for Rangers U18's, may be nearing Ibrox move

Rangers Manager Steven Gerrard looks on during the pre season friendly match between Rangers and Oxford United  at Ibrox Stadium on July 07, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Rangers may be about to hand Albert Rachi a move to Ibrox.

5th May 2019, Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow, Scotland; Ladbrokes Premiership football, Rangers versus Hibernian; General view of Ibrox Stadium

Rangers have added eight signings to Steven Gerrard's first team, but there is work being done on their development ranks too as they cast on eye on the future.

The Gers have made headlines by signing the likes of Filip Helander, Joe Aribo, Sheyi Ojo and Jordan Jones amongst others, but new faces have arrived in the youth ranks.

Midfielder Umaro Balde and winger Kane Ritchie-Hosler have joined the club, and both featured for Rangers Under-18's on Friday as they hammered Huddersfield Town 9-1 at the Hummel Training Centre.

 

Rangers' official write-up of the game brought up one more interesting name though, as it was sneaked in that Albert Rachi started the game, almost two months since being linked with the Gers.

Rachi, 16, is currently on the Tottenham Hotspur books, but the Glasgow Evening Times noted in May that Rangers were looking to lure him to Glasgow after just a year with Spurs.

The Albanian midfielder – described as having 'extreme speed and pace' by the Eurostar Academy after joining Spurs last summer – is now on trial at Rangers, and his presence in the team on Friday suggests a deal may be close.

Rangers Manager Steven Gerrard looks on during the pre season friendly match between Rangers and Oxford United  at Ibrox Stadium on July 07, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

There's not much readily-available information about Rachi, but that Tottenham signed him a year ago should be a decent indication of his talent given how well-respected their youth setup is.

Alongside Balde and Ritchie-Hosler, Rachi should be an exciting talent for the future, and playing such a key role in Friday's thumping win will surely take him one step closer to a full-time stay at Ibrox.

A general view of Ibrox Stadium is seen ahead of the EURO 2016 Qualifier match between Scotland and Georgia at Ibrox Stadium on October 11, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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