Rangers defender James Maxwell could make a surprise loan move to Scandinavia, Norway during the current transfer market, according to a recent report from The Athletic.

He joined the Gers Academy after the fellow Scottish club Falkirk shut down their youth sector in 2018 and has come on bounds and leaps since then.

The 19-year-old star spent last campaign out on loan at Allan Johnston’s Queen of the South, featuring in 32 matches and scoring five goals.

He is now back at Rangers and has been involved in the pre-season campaign, starting the first friendly versus Partick Thistle and making the bench for the trip to Tranmere Rovers a few weeks ago.

The Scotland youth international was not involved against Arsenal last weekend, instead turning out for the B team in their Lowland League opener versus Bo’ness United.

However, according to The Athletic, the star may soon be leaving Glasgow for Scandinavia. That is because he is reportedly attracting interest from the Norwegian first-tier.

It’s suggested that with James set to be behind both Calvin Bassey and Borna Barisic at Rangers in the short-term, another loan stint would be beneficial for him.

What’s more, as the 2021 Eliteserien campaign is already well underway, the player could go on a one-year loan there for the second half of the season and possibly return to the Ibrox outfit prior to the turn of the year

As well as giving him the chance to play senior team football and experience living away from home, the transfer would hand him an opportunity to impress sufficiently to earn a fresh contract, with his existing deal will be no longer valid at the end of the term.

Ayr United are also understood to be interested in the youngster, but for the reasons listed above, a switch to Scandinavia would certainly be a better option than a return to the Scottish second division, a level at which he has already proven himself.

In other news, Rangers have snubbed a second bid from the Premier League club West Ham United for Ibrox prodigy Kai Kennedy, according to a leading journalist.

Pete O’Rourke is stating that not only have the club rejected the advances of the Hammers for a second time but also that they have recalled the ace to first-team training.