Rangers youngster Matthew Shiels has left Ibrox for Hamilton Accies as the left-back signs a pre-contract agreement with the South Lanarkshire club.

The 20-year-old has had several spells out on loan from Rangers but now pens a deal with Brian Rice’s club in search of regular first-team football. Hamilton are all but likely playing Scottish Championship football next season, unless they can beat Kilmarnock by a nine-goal swing on Sunday to maintain their Premiership status.

Shiels has left Rangers as he swaps Ibrox for Accies.

Shiels has left Rangers as he swaps Ibrox for Accies ahead of next season. (Photo by Juergen Schwarz/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Shiels said of his move: “Coming here the aim is to break into the first team and get as many first-team appearances as I can. I have played a lot of reserve and lower league football in previous years which has been fantastic for me, and now I make the step up and challenge myself to improve.

“Whenever I have played Hamilton’s youth sides in the past it has always been a tough game and the players work very hard. Now I have taken a step inside and seen the number of young players who are training with the squad and I like that. For me, I am looking forward to this challenge and I can’t wait to get started.”

Rice added: “I am delighted to have Matthew as part of our squad for next season. He is a player who we have been impressed with for a long time. He is only 20 and to have the amount of experience which he has is fantastic. He definitely improves the squad of players which we have here and we can’t wait to get working with him.”

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