Dundee United officially announced the long-rumoured signing of former Rangers midfielder Charlie Telfer today to a three year contract. The 18 year old had made it clear that first team football was his goal for next season & unfortunately it meant leaving the club he grew up supporting in order to get it.
Telfer’s parting words will sting Rangers supporters who are growing more & more frustrated by the club’s reluctance to develop a core of young players in the first team.
Telfer told Dundee United’s official website, “I have watched how the younger players at Dundee United are allowed to develop in the first team and that has been a big reason in my decision to join the club.”
“The opportunity to play in the Scottish Premiership next season was also something I could not turn down. When I met the manager and saw the facilities that are available at St Andrews, I know that I can further my football development at Dundee United.”
Telfer added, “Dundee United received a lot of praise for their football last season and it was deserved as it is very easy on the eye. I like to get the ball down and play and this is the ideal place for that. I believe I am ready to play in the first team but I have to show the manager that is the case. I cannot wait to meet my new team mates and start preseason.”
Via the club’s official website, Dundee United’s manager Jackie McNamara said, “Charlie is a very gifted footballer with great awareness and has excellent delivery from set pieces. His style of football will settle in perfectly with the rest of the young talent we are currently producing at the club.”
“He is a sensible, level headed young man who wants to play for Dundee United and I am delighted that we have secured his services for the next three years.”
The official announcement of Telfer’s departure is coupled with a Sky Sports report that Kenny Miller’s signing with Rangers is imminent. Miller has been connected with a move back to Ibrox ever since his release from the Vancouver Whitecaps back in May.
The lingering question remains of how much salary Rangers can afford to bring onto the books – especially considering the ongoing season ticket drama. Miller earned £12,000 a week for Vancouver.
If Miller does sign this week it will be symbolic of a flawed approach that Rangers have taken in its climb back up the Scottish football ladder. A U19 Scotland internationalist leaves because he can’t get a sniff of first team football, while an aging veteran who turns 35 in December is brought back to lead the team to glory? Is this how you build for long-term success?
Oh yeah, so when is Rangers bringing in that promised director of football?