James Maxwell says he snubbed rival interest to sign for Rangers

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

The young Rangers left-back moved to Ibrox after another Scottish club scrapped its academy.

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

James Maxwell has claimed he had interest from other clubs before he joined Rangers.

Rangers pounced on Maxwell after the Ibrox left-back's former club, Falkirk, scrapped its academy in December 2017.

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And the 17-year-old has impressed enough to train with Steven Gerrard's first-team on the odd occasion.

Recalling how his Rangers move occurred, Maxwell told The Glasgow Evening Times: "I was at Ayr for five years after starting at Under-10s and then my family moved to Falkirk so I joined them.

"At Under-17s, Falkirk decided to scrap the Academy so I was a free transfer.

"Rangers invited me in for a couple of weeks. There were a few other clubs interested, but when I got the call I was set on here and obviously it has worked out really well. I am delighted to be here.

 

"It wasn’t nice finding out in the papers that the team was scrapped. I wanted to make my mark at Falkirk and get into the first team there, but it has worked out well for me in the end.

"I have come to a bigger club and I have chances here as well. I am delighted with how it has unfolded but it wasn’t nice at the time.

"You found out through the papers, it was uncertain and the boys in the team didn’t know what they were doing. It wasn’t a nice experience.

"If I look at it now, it has worked out well for me but that wasn’t the case for all the boys, unfortunately.

"Without Falkirk making that decision, I might not have got the opportunity to come here and experience Rangers. It has worked out well for me but it wasn’t ideal for other boys. Sometimes these things happen and it is just meant to be."

Borna Barisic of Rangers looks on during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premier League between Celtic and at Ibrox Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Left-back is one area of the Rangers team that has yet to be tied down as any one player's own, with Borna Barisic, Jon Flanagan and Andy Halliday all having shared opportunities since the start of last season.

And there may be scope then for Maxwell to take advantage in seasons to come.

The Scot will no doubt be buoyed by the number of chances given to his fellow Rangers youngsters - notably Glenn Middleton - throughout Gerrard's Ibrox reign.

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