Rangers have confirmed the loan departure of Scotland youth international Jacob Pazikas, who will join Civil Service Strollers for the season.
The Ibrox side retain an option to recall the 18-year-old in January if the move doesn’t go to plan, with the Scotland U17s international now set for a year in the Lowland League
The loan switch comes after the Rangers B team announced they would not be taking part in the division this year after plans for a new Conference League were thrown out.
Jacob Pazikas would likely have played a role the forthcoming B Team campaign had the club stayed in the division and had the young goalkeeper stayed at Rangers.
This comes with Kieran Wright on standby for the first team amid news that Robby McCrorie is looking to move on from the club this summer, with Jack Butland coming in to claim the number one jersey and Jon McLaughlin also an option.
Rangers took to Twitter to wish the youngster all the best in his loan move with the club set to follow the progress of Jacob Pazikas closely over the next five to ten months.
Jacob Pazikas heads out on loan as Rangers seek B Team solution
As Jacob Pazikas heads out on loan, Rangers will now look at what happens next with the club’s other youth players ahead of an unsure campaign.
When the club pulled the B Team from the Lowland League, Rangers announced via statement that they would be initiating a “best-v-best” programme where they faced off against top youth teams from across the UK and Europe.
But there is really no substitute for competitive men’s football and the loan of Jacob Pazikas proves that Rangers remain committed to getting as much first-team exposure into their young players as possible.
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“Rangers remains committed to finding the most innovative and challenging environments for our young players, not only for the benefit of our club, but also for the benefit of other clubs and the Scotland national team,” said the club in a statement.
“We look forward to continuing our positive engagement with the Scottish FA and other bodies in the drive for young player development.