RANGERS are today delighted to announce a contract extension for Ciaran Dickson.
The midfielder, 18, has been seen regularly training with Steven Gerrard’s first-team in recent months, and earned a Rangers debut in the League Cup match with Falkirk at the end of November.
A key performer for the Rangers Academy in recent years, Dickson was a goalscorer in the 2019 Scottish Youth Cup final win over Celtic, and also played a major role in Gers’ B team reaching the semi-finals of the Challenge Cup last season.
He has been capped at under-16, 17, 18 and 19 level by Scotland, and also scored for Gers against Roma in the final as they claimed the prestigious Alkaas International Cup in Doha in 2019.
Dickson – who came through Rangers’ performance school at Boclair Academy – has put pen to paper on a new deal which takes him to 2023.
Commenting on his new deal, Head of Academy, Craig Mulholland, said:
“We are pleased that Ciaran has committed his future to Rangers. Contracts at Rangers, as Ross [Wilson] and the manager have made clear, must be something that are earned and Ciaran’s excellent progress over the last few years has allowed him to achieve this next step in his career.
“Ciaran has now been training with the first-team for several months, has made his debut and has impressed the manager and his staff. Our Academy programme has been designed pre-Covid to provide ‘best v best’ opportunities and it is in these moments that Ciaran has come to the fore, scoring in the Glasgow Cup Final, in the Youth Cup Final, in the Alkass Cup Final and also in the UEFA Youth League.
“He must now carry this on, demonstrating his personality and desire to improve, to overcome the biggest challenge of establishing himself in first-team football. The opportunity he currently has on a daily basis to work with excellent coaching staff and most importantly play against and learn from midfielders like Steven Davis has created a fantastic chance for him to learn quickly, develop and grow as part of a carefully considered plan.
“As players reach the transition phase between the Academy and men’s first-team football, it is important we secure the best young players, as we have done with others recently, who we believe with dedication have the potential to achieve the next step, and also really importantly are desperate to play for Rangers. Ciaran has demonstrated this and must now be obsessed to achieve his next target.”