Ayr United are on the verge of securing the permanent signing of Rangers Academy star Jordan Houston after the defender’s impressive performances on loan at Somerset Park this season.

The right-back made his first-team debut for Rangers in last season’s Scottish Cup win over Cowdenbeath and has been a regular feature in Mark Kerr’s side this term, bringing to an end 13 years as a Rangers player.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 26: Calvin Miller of Celtic vies Jordan Houston of Rangers during The Scottish FA Youth Cup Final between Celtic and Rangers at Hampden Park on April 26, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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The contract has yet to be signed but terms have been agreed as Houston looks to kick on and continue his progression in the Championship.

“It’s not signed and sealed yet but all agreed. He wants to play at good level for his next level of development,” someone close to the deal told Not The Old Firm.

“He’s loving it, but it’s not quite done and dusted yet.”

Houston has made 17 appearances for Ayr this season to help Kerr’s side to third in the Championship as they look to secure a playoff place and a potential place in next season’s Premiership.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 26: Nikola Katic of Rangers scores the opening goal during the Betfred Scottish League Cup Quarter Final match between Rangers and Ayr United on September 26, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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Despite being highly-thought of at Ibrox, Houston has found first-team chances limited and has flourished at Ayr as he gets his first real run of consistent senior games.

It is believed that the deal to take Houston to Somerset Park has a similar clause to Zak Rudden’s move to Partick Thistle, allowing Rangers to re-sign the defender at a specified time in the future.

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