Sheffield United are taking Rangers youngster, Ciaran Dickson, on a trial with the club with a view to potentially offering the teenager a contract.
Reports from Football Insider claim the 18-year-old has been told he can leave Glasgow. That has apparently alerted the management team at Bramall Lane, who have now invited the youngster to Sheffield.
Dickson, who only signed his first professional contract with Rangers in 2018, has failed to break into the first XI under Steven Gerrard, with the former Liverpool manager chasing a first SPFL title in Scotland.
But that has not deterred Chris Wilder, who is keeping an eye on the future and, as we know, has little issue when it comes to giving players a chance who haven’t quite done it elsewhere.
United already have two former Rangers players in John Fleck and Wes Foderingham on the books. There is every chance, then, that Foderingham has had a quiet word with Wilder about the talent of Dickson.
The Blades recent linked up with Beerschot VA over in the Belgian league. It could well be that the club, should they sign Dickson, send the youngster over to Europe to continue his development.
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We won’t pretend to know everything about Ciaran Dickson. The fact is, he is a young Scottish player who at just 18, has had little chance to make an impression so far in his career.
He is, however, on the radar of the Scottish FA. Dickson has appeared four times at under-19 level for Scotland, per Transfermarkt.
This could be something we see more of following the link with Beerschot. And really, it’s a good strategy to have, even if Dickson doesn’t end up being a superstar, he could be a saleable asset.