Dundee United have snatched a gem in Charlie Telfer, according to Rangers boss Ally McCoist.
The Gers gaffer says he’s disappointed with the 18-year-old’s decision to leave Ibrox and sign a three-year contract with Premiership Dundee United.
But either way he reckons Jackie McNamara has got himself a great prospect in the Scotland youth international, who made just one appearance for the Light Blues against Stenhousemuir in April as a late sub.
“We feel he is a great prospect,” said the 51-year-old, who guided Rangers to successive League Two and League One titles.
“He trained with the squad and came on against Stenhousemuir last season.
“He still is a great prospect but sadly for Dundee United now.
“We wish Charlie all the best but we were obviously very sad to see him go.
“He has moved to Dundee United with our best wishes.”
The youngster, a Rangers supporter, has turned his back on his boyhood heroes for the simple reason that he is wanting to further his career.
It’s a ringing endorsement of United and Jackie’s standing in Scottish football at the moment, probably a lot to do with the Andrew Robertson effect.
McCoist admits Rangers tried their hardest to keep a player regarded by Mark Wotte, SFA performance director, as one of the brightest young talents in the country.
“I can understand people questioning why would Charlie want to go to Dundee United rather than stay at Rangers,” said McCoist.
“Only he can answer that, he has been quoted in the newspapers recently.
“The first thing people have to realise is it was Charlie’s decision.
“We wanted to keep Charlie but he obviously decided to turn down the offer that was put to him by the club.”
Meanwhile, the clubs are thought to be no closer to agreeing a deal for the well thought of youngster.
Rangers want upwards of 200,000 for the kid they nurtured, while United have offered to pay in the region of 60,000.
That offer was rejected outright and the issue looks all but certain to go to a transfer tribunal.
If that happens to be the case United could be line to foot a hefty bill,if the panel favour the Championship side’s argument. But that remains to be seen.