Aberdeen have beaten Rangers to the signature of 17-year-old Queen’s Park striker Michael Ruth as the Dons look to build for the future and bolster their Academy sides.

Ruth spent time on trial with Rangers last year before being monitored by the Gers after his return to Hampden but the striker has decided to commit his future elsewhere.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 14: Derek McInnes the manager of Aberdeen during the Scottish Cup semi-final between Aberdeen and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 14, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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The news will be a boost for the Dons after the striker made a number of appearances for the Spiders first-team last season and he will now move to the Granite City.

“Michael is going to take the chance of full-time football in Aberdeen’s youth academy and we wish him well,” a Queens Park spokesperson told the Scottish Sun.

Ruth made his first-team debut in April 2018 but had to wait almost a year before he returned to the top team at Hampden.

6th April 2019, Dens Park, Dundee, Scotland; Ladbrokes Premiership football, Dundee versus Aberdeen; Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes

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The 17-year-old hit the net once in eight appearances towards the end of last season and impressed for the Spiders despite his young age.

With the chance to move to full-time football now, Aberdeen will be hoping he can fulfil his undoubted potential and force his way into Derek McInnes’ first-team plans before too long.

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