Rangers extend deal for Scottish youth international prospect Ciaran Dickson

Rangers have extended dynamic midfielder Ciaran Dickson’s deal at Ibrox to the end of season 2022-23.

Josh Todd 7 and Ciaran Dickson 55 challenge for possession (Picture: Michael Gillen)

The 18-year-old made the breakthrough into Steven Gerrard’s first team for the Betfred Cup win over Falkirk last November and has trained several times with the senior squad.

Dickson’s driving, confident runs from deep impressed against the Bairns after he came off the bench in the 4-0 win and he also played a key role in the B-team's run to the Tunnock’s Challenge Cup semi-finals last season.

Sign up to our Football newsletter

Sign up to our Football newsletter

That has persuaded the club to add two years on to his existing deal, and Rangers’ head of academy Craig Mulholland said: “Contracts at Rangers must be something that are earned, as Ross Wilson and the manager have made clear and Ciaran’s excellent progress over the last few years has allowed him to achieve this next step in his career.”

Speaking to the club website he added: “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, the Youth Cup Final, 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.”

Dickson has also been capped from under-16 to under-19 level with Scotland.

Rangers Ciaran Dickson with Manager Steven Gerrard during a Betfred Cup match between Falkirk and Rangers at the Falkirk Stadium on November 29, 2020, in Falkirk, Scotland. (Photo by Rob Casey / SNS Group)

A message from the Editor:Thank you for reading this article. We're more reliant on your support than ever as the shift in consumer habits brought about by Coronavirus impacts our advertisers.If you haven't already, please consider supporting our trusted, fact-checked journalism by taking out a digital subscription.

Ciaran Dickson during the UEFA European U19's match between Scotland and Belarus at Cappielow Park, on October 09, 2019, in Greenock, Scotland. (Photo by Craig Foy / SNS Group / SFA)