Major Tony Weston to Rangers FC boost emerges amid Leeds United interest

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Rangers FC have high hopes for the season ahead.

After falling short in the Scottish Premiership title race last term, Steven Gerrard's side have high hopes of pushing their rivals Celtic all the way this time around.

The Bhoys are seeking their 10th-straight league title - something which must go down as a nightmare scenario in the blue half of Glasgow.

But regardless of what happens this term, it certainly seems that Rangers are back on track.

As well as targeting success in the short term, it's key for Gerrard's side to ensure that they're ready to sustain their title challenge over the coming years.

That means developing academy players who have the potential to be a big success at first team level, or bringing in talented youngsters who could prove to be a tidy investment.

For Rangers it seems that progress is certainly being made with the latter.

Reports from The Athletic have claimed that Gers are closing on a deal for Tony Weston.

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The 16-year-old is set to move to Ibrox for a fee in the region of £250,000.

A striker by trade, Weston joined current club Blackpool after growing up in Liverpool.

Coincidentally he actually grew up four doors away from Rangers boss Steven Gerrard's childhood home - something which could have played a factor in his decision to move to Glasgow.

Weston certainly had other options, with Leeds United and Southampton also said to be keen on the youngster.

While the striker will be put into the development system, he'll certainly have hopes of breaking into the first team after getting a sample of it with the Tangerines where he featured in the FA Cup second round victory over Maidstone.

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However if Rangers are looking to topple Celtic off the top of the Scottish Premiership then it will be a tough ask to break into the first team fold any time soon.

GIVEMESPORT'S Phil Spencer says...

This is an exciting deal for the future.

While Rangers fans can be forgiven for not being overly enthusiastic about a deal for a talented 16-year-old, it is certainly a move that bodes well for the future.

Tony Weston is certainly tipped for big things and hopefully Ibrox can be the place to develop.

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A successful club is able to recruit talent at all levels from first team to the academy, and the fact that the club has identified his ability and moved swiftly to secure his signature deserves huge credit.

Of course there's likely to be a couple of years before Weston emerges as a potential first team player, but the hope is that by moving to Glasgow his talents will be strengthened with the intention of ensuring that he's ready when his opportunity does finally arise.

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