By Nnamdi Onyeagwara

5th Jul, 2022 | 8:10pm

Rangers win battle to sign Zak Lovelace and Archie Stevens

Rangers have completed the signings of Zak Lovelace and Archie Stevens.

Lovelace joins from Millwall and Stevens joins from AFC Wimbledon, with both players reportedly being sought after by other top clubs.

However, it is the Gers that have won the battle to sign the duo and will look to integrate them into their youth teams for the upcoming season.

Glasgow World’s, Lewis Sanderson reported on the Lovelace transfer and revealed that the forward was apparently “highly sought after.”

He said: “Rangers have continued to strengthen their youth ranks by securing the signing of “sought-after” teenage striker Zak Lovelace from Millwall.

“The 16-year-old, who made his first-team debut for the English Championship side last season, will join the Light Blues academy set-up initially.

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“Lovelace was reportedly being tracked by a host of clubs in England after impressing in four starts for Gary Rowett’s side.”

Also, the announcement from the Wimbledon official website regarding the transfer of Stevens confirmed the youngster’s departure and also revealed that in transferring Stevens, he would become the fifth player the academy has sold in the past 24 months.

They said: “AFC Wimbledon can confirm that an agreement has been reached with Scottish Premier League giants Rangers for the transfer of Academy player Archie Stevens.

“The 16-year-old attacker, who has been with us for three years, joins last season’s Europa League finalists for an undisclosed fee.”

Project youth?

The signings will be big boost for the youth team as they begin their pre-season against Elgin City at Borough Briggs in Brian Cameron’s testimonial match on (6 July.)

They will then head to Northern Ireland for a game against NIFL side Glentoran on (10 July) and they will end their pre-season preparations with the Plzen Tournament with opposition from FC Viktoria Plzen, Marseille, and Honved Budapest between (14 July) and (18 July.)

As they prepare for another season in the Lowland League, the additions are very welcome as they have seen some departures from their youth ranks in recent weeks as well as some other additions.

Cameron Cooper joined the club from Partick Thistle, Kieron Willox has signed from Inverness Caledonian Thistle, Paul Nsio from Lambeth Tigers, Souleyman Mandey from Pulse Academy and Mason Munn from Glentoran.ㅤ

Signing two forwards in Lovelace and Stevens should add to the firepower at Cameron Campbell’s and Stevie Smith’s disposal.