Derby County look set to sign midfielder Charlie Lindsay following his departure from SPFL side Rangers, according to the Daily Record.
Lindsay has spent the last couple of weeks on trial with the Rams and now looks set to join the League One outfit on a permanent basis.
Although it is suspected that the 19-year-old will link up with Derby’s under-21s at first, it would be no surprise to see Lindsay in and around the first team potentially later in the year. Although he has no senior experience to his name, the youngster was hugely impressive for Rangers’ B team last year, where he racked up 18 goal contributions in 33 Lowland League games.
Who is Charlie Lindsay?
The 19-year-old is yet to make an appearance in senior football, but has been hugely impressive in recent years in the youth ranks. Already capped seven times by Northern Ireland’s under-19s, Lindsay is held in a high regard and will be expected to progress through with his move to English football. The midfielder would begin his career with Northern Irish side Glentoran and would become the club’s youngest-ever player when making his debut as a 15-year-old. Lindsey would then join Rangers’ B team who he would become a star player for in the Scottish Lowland League. The Northern Irishman has untapped potential and could be a real star of the future if Derby can both nurture as well as get the best out of him. The 19-year-old is versatile enough to play across the midfield, and although most commonly deployed as an attacking midfielder, it would not be out of question to see him fill different positions for the Rams.
Who else was interested?
Derby were not the only club who were interested in gaining the services of the youngster, with plenty of other EFL clubs showing an interest. Sunderland, Blackburn, Hull and Huddersfield were all believed to have also been in for Lindsay, but it is Derby who have came out on top.
Although it seems as if he’ll be joining the under-21s at first, Lindsay could be a star of the future for Derby. He has already demonstrated his talent for Rangers’ B team, and will be wanting to translate that over to English football as well as senior football if he gets the chance. I expect to see him at Derby’s first team at some point this season and it will not be too long until we see him become a regular in the first team.