RANGERS can today announce Rhys Breen and Kieran Wright have joined Partick Thistle on-loan until the end of the season.
Central defender Breen and goalkeeper Wright will head to obtain exposure to men’s first-team football with the League One outfit, with their season beginning on October 7 in the Betfred Cup group stage away to St Mirren.
This will be 20 year-old Wright’s fifth loan spell, as part of a carefully designed plan for goalkeepers at the club similar to the likes of Robby McCrorie, having previously played with Gala Fairydean, Albion Rovers, Raith Rovers and Alloa as he continues to progress in his career.
He has worked extensively with the first-team goalkeeping set-up at Rangers, and has often been the matchday third goalkeeper with the Light Blues.
For Breen, who is also 20, this will be the first time he has played away on-loan, with his planned exposure to first-team football coming later than normal as a result of injury.
The internal games programme last season exposed Rhys to ‘best v best’ football in the UEFA Youth League and also to men’s football against the likes of Inverness, Wrexham, Ballymena and others in the SPFL Challenge Cup reaching the semi-final.
This programme has prepared Breen well for this next challenge creating a clear plan with a variety of experiences all designed to best equip the player for Rangers in the future.
Both players will be hoping to feature in a highly-competitive and demanding environment where Thistle are aiming to bounce back to the Championship at the first time of asking and will be monitored closely by Loans Manager, Billy Kirkwood and coaching staff from both the first-team and the Academy.