In what was a surprise move, Rangers youngster Calum Gallagher has moved to Championship rivals St.Mirren and could face his former employers on Friday night.
Speaking to the official St. Mirren website, after signing a one year deal, Gallagher said: “I’m really excited to get started. I know it’s a big season for the club having dropped down a level and the main aim has to be to get us back up there as quick as we can.”
Manager Ian Murray added: “He’s a player we looked at a while back, being on loan at Cowdenbeath last season. He’s quick, he’s very direct, he likes to play on the shoulder and there’s no doubts he’s got the technical attributes to do quite well, we just need to make sure he’s ready and not shove him into the step up that he’s going to have to go and handle.
“Of course he’s not trained with the players yet and he’s not integrated into the team at all but he’s certainly an option for us now on Friday night.”
Gallagher has had loan spells at Alloa and East Stirlingshire, before being farmed out on loan to Cowdenbeath last season before returning to Rangers for the second half of the season. He played just four minutes in all for Rangers last season when he came on in the 84th minute against Ian Murray’s Dumbarton.
In total, despite being regarded as one of the better prospects in the Rangers youth side, Gallagher failed to break into the first team, in part due to a number of injuries, making just five appearances [four as a substitute]and scoring once in the 2-0 win over Dunfermline in March 2014.
The 20-year-old had one year remaining on his Ibrox contract.