Glengormley’s Jordan Thompson has described his move to Glasgow Rangers as a ‘dream come true’.
The ex-Manchester United youth product becomes new boss Mark Warburton’s fourth signing since he took the reins at Ibrox in June.
The 18-year-old revealed on Twitter that he has penned a deal with the Gers after impressing during a three-week trial.
He said: “Over the moon to announce my signing @RangersFC. Honestly a dream come true for me and my family.”
He added: “A big thank you to all the fans for making me feel so welcome. Best fans in the world without a doubt.”
Rangers confirmed the signing on Wednesday morning. The midfielder impressed in a recent friendly with a Tottenham Hotspur academy team in London.
Speaking to Rangers TV Thompson said: “It’s been brilliant so far. For the first few days I was training with the under 20s, and then I was training with the first team.
“It was a brilliant feeling signing my contract - I’ve been over for a match before with my dad, but today it was just amazing to sign.
“Ian Durrant and Craig Mulholland came over to have a chat with me in Belfast at the end of last season to let me know they were interested.
“Then there was a scout from Northern Ireland, who got in contact with my mum about two weeks ago, then I came over on trial and I must have done well.
“There were a few other clubs that I was on trial at, but when I came to Rangers I really enjoyed it.”
He added: “To run out at Ibrox would be a dream come true being a Rangers fan - it would leave me speechless.”
Twelve months ago Thompson was named Player of the Tournament in the Premier Section of Dale Farm Milk Cup. The former Glengormley High School pupil, who had previously been on the books with Linfield, played an integral role as Manchester United lifted the Milk Cup for a fifth time.