James Maxwell has confirmed his loan transfer from Rangers to Ayr United as the left-back leaves Ibrox for experience.

The 19-year-old spent last season on loan at Queen of the South and made 32 appearances. He returned to Ibrox earlier this summer but leaves Rangers again to join David Hopkin’s Ayr side ahead of the cinch Championship campaign. It’s a season-long loan but Rangers could bring him back to Ibrox in January.

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Leaving Ibrox for Somerset Park. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images for DFB)

A statement reads: “The Honest Men have today completed the loan signing of highly-rated Rangers prospect James Maxwell until the end of the season. The 19-year old left-sided player checks in at Somerset Park after a hugely impressive loan spell with Championship rivals Queen of the South last season.

“The move marks a homecoming of sorts for Maxwell, who spent five years with the Ayr United Football Academy, first joining our Under 10s before making the switch to Forth Valley when his family relocated to Central Scotland.

 

“Falkirk’s decision to fold their successful youth system in December 2017 presented Maxwell with the opportunity to sign for Rangers and the youngster has impressed the Ibrox hierarchy, going on the train with Steven Gerrard’s first team and earning international recognition with the Scotland U19s.”

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