Rangers talented left-back James Maxwell is on the verge to make a move to Ayr United on loan for the rest of the 2021/22 season, according to the reports, as the defender looks to push himself closer to the first-team squad.

The Herald report that Ayr United are on the verge to announce the signing of 19-year-old Rangers star soon and, barring any last-minute problem at Scottish giants, he’ll be unveiled by the Championship side next week.

Maxwell, who spent last campaign with Queen of the South, has appeared for the clubs B team this campaign so far; however, he is unlikely to be involved this afternoon against East Stirlingshire.

Several young Rangers players have headed to Somerset Park on loan recently, with Jordan Houston and Aidan McAdams and the current Honest Men’s team, managed by David Hopkin.

The Gers defender was reportedly attracting interest from Norway. However, a move to Ayr seems more likely in order to remain in Scotland close to the Gers, head coach Steven Gerrard.

With only a year left on his current deal at Ibrox, Maxwell could also be handed a new contract before he heads out on a season-long loan deal – with the Scottish giants, Rangers are also likely to insert a recall option in any deal.

During his time at Queen of the South last campaign, Maxwell was a regular starter for Allan Johnston’s side, playing 32 games and founding back of the net four times for the Doonhamers.

A move to a Championship team makes sense for the 19-year-old defender and, after regularly playing in the second tier last campaign, sticking around to play for the B team wasn’t enough to challenge.

Another campaign of first-team football will really help 19-year-old left-back to continue progress and development and give him the chance to kick on and come back to compete for a place in Steven Gerrard’s first team.