A young footballer from Lewis has today (Thursday 25 June) become a star signing for Glasgow Rangers after a hotly-contested debate over his club future.

Rangers reportedly offered £45,000 to get him signed up to a three-year deal after he’d already been trialled at Liverpool and Manchester United, with Wolves also keeping him in their sights.

16-year-old James Graham played for the under-18 side in his former club Ross County, after leaving Lewis and The Nicolson Institute to study at Dingwall Academy as he built his career with the Staggies.

During lockdown, there was keen interest in James from a number of English clubs, but Rangers Academy today announced that the striker had opted to choose Rangers as the place to continue his footballing development.

Rangers’ head of academy Craig Mulholland said: “I am delighted to welcome James to Rangers. James was in high demand from EPL clubs and another in Scotland and it is an important part of our strategy that we secure Scotland’s brightest talent first. 

“It is testimony to the quality of programme and staff we now have that he has chosen Rangers ahead of some top English academies for the next few years of his education.

“Our recruitment team and coaching staff have watched James on many occasions and he scored an excellent goal against us in the Youth Cup quarter-final.  He is a dynamic, quick and tenacious forward with excellent energy and finishing abilities.

“As a Rangers fan, I know James can’t wait to get started and we look forward to welcoming him to the Academy in the near future.”

Picture shows James at Ibrox to put his signature to the new contract (Glasgow Rangers).