Rangers’ signing juggernaut doesn’t look like stopping as they recently gave a professional contract to Chris McKee who is set to join the Rangers youth academy. The 16-year-old is a forward who has represented Northern Ireland at the u-17 level and has been at the club for the past two months. The Gers coaches seem to be impressed with what the young starlet has to offer, and they have handed him his first professional contract.
— Rangers Youth Academy (@RFC_Youth) September 6, 2018
McKee has moved from Linfield FC which is a semi-professional football club from Belfast. The forward has already started to impress everyone as he scored the opening goal in the clash against Partick Thistle where the Gers U18s ran out 6-1 winners.
Full name – Chris McKee
Date of birth- 7/5/2002
Nationality– Northern Ireland
Position– Centre Forward
Current Club– Rangers u-18
A brief overview of the player and what the future holds for him?
Over the years Linfield has produced some decent talents, and McKee seems to be the latest one to come out of the blocks from the Belfast based club. McKee can be termed as a natural goalscorer. His primary claim to fame happened in 2017 when he swept away all the major awards in the SuperCupNI which is an international youth football tournament held every year in Belfast. He was named the best player of the competition and to go with that he was also the top scorer. That success brought a lot of attention towards him, and he finally moved to Rangers on a three-year contract.
McKee might not be the biggest kid on the side, but he uses his body well to shield and protect the ball. His hold up play is quite good, and McKee is adept at playing with his back against the defenders. However, the youngster is also an intuitive runner in between the defence lines, and that is where he makes it hard for the defenders as he is decent at coming short and holding up play. Also, McKee is good at making those darting runs from the shoulders of his markers and defenders.
One can term him as a natural striker as he always finds himself in the right spot at the right time and he is always looking for that extra yard of space in between the defence.
The young striker will have to keep working hard if he wants to play football at the top level. Signing for a club of Rangers’ stature is a big step in his career, but his real challenge would begin now as he would be up against some other top talents of the country. It is always smart to keep the young pool of players well stocked, and that is what Rangers are doing by bringing in this Northern Irish striker. The Gers would hope that he can turn out to be a real talent in the future.
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