14 former Celtic and Rangers ‘wonderkids’14 former Celtic and Rangers ‘wonderkids’
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Where are they now: 14 former Celtic and Rangers ‘wonderkids’ who swapped Glasgow for pastures new - gallery

It’s becoming harder for the two Glasgow giants to retain the services of their brightest young talent.

Clubs in Scotland facing an uphill task just to keep hold of their young talent as they approach an age where they can sign professional deals - with the vast majority of Premier League clubs now willing to stump up the cash to help their academies and potentially unearth the next big thing.

Celtic and Rangers are no different in that respect having lost a number of talented youngsters or ‘wonderkids’ to clubs south of the border in recent years. Many of them have kicked on to bigger and better things, while others have struggled to live up to their billing.

The list is endless when it comes to the Glasgow giants being unable to retain their brightest academy prospects, with players often deciding to head off elsewhere before getting the chance to sign their first pro contracts.

The likes of Bayern Munich and Man City have snapped up some home-grown starlets, with Scottish sides now having to work even harder to ensure they can make some substantial money.

Take highly-rated Islam Feruz for example... An instantly recognisable name once tipped for greatness who left Celtic in 2011 to chase the dream with Chelsea and never fulfilled his true potential. Fast forward 12 years and Feruz has already hang up his boots to pursue a different career path.

So perhaps that should act as a warning sign to many youngsters who jump at the first opportunity when approached by big clubs while coming through the academy system at Celtic or Rangers.

But how have those youngsters who were destined for big things and opted to quit Ibrox or Parkhead getting on? Here, GlasgowWorld takes a look to see how some of those players are faring since leaving Glasgow for pastures new...

The list is endless when it comes to the Glasgow giants being unable to retain their brightest academy prospects, with players often deciding to head off elsewhere before getting the chance to sign their first pro contracts.

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