Hartlepool winger could be set for Rangers switch

Ibrox Stadium
Ibrox Stadium

Hartlepool United wideman Jack Blackford could be set for a full-time switch to Scottish Premiership giants Rangers after a successful trial period at Ibrox.

Blackford, who has made to first-team appearances for Pools, has spent the last few weeks training with former Reading and Scotland full-back Graham Murty's Gers development squad.

And Blackford played a key role in the Light Blues recent run to the Hong Kong Soccer Sevens semi-finals over in the Far East.

That ended last week, and Blackford has been kept on for further assessment at the club's Murray Park training base, on the outskirts of Glasgow.

The 19-year-old first tasted first-team football at Pools in the final weeks of the 2015/16 season, playing the final six minutes of a 2-1 Victoria Park win over Jackie McNamara's York City last April.

He also came off the Pools bench this season - playing 21 minutes of the home defeat to Barnet, which proved to be one of the final nails in the club's Football League coffin.

Blackford, who signed his first professional deal earlier this year, has spent time on trial at Manchester City recently, while Aston Villa are also known to have been charting his progress.

Hartlepool are certain to ask for a fee for Blackford, should Pedro Caixinha's Gers pursue their summer move for the former Darlington loanee.