By Craig Scott

9th Jan, 2022 | 11:10am

Leeds want to sign 'Outstanding' left-back, who's confirmed he must quit British club - report

James Maxwell admits he’s ready to quit Rangers and find himself a new club amid speculation linking him with a move to Leeds United.

The Daily Record reports that Leeds are in the hunt to sign the 20-year-old, who’s currently on loan at Ayr United, while Dunfermline and Partick Thistle are also keen.

Maxwell’s contract at Ibrox expires in the summer and right now, there doesn’t seem to be any prospect of fresh terms for the Crewe-born Scotland youth international.

As quoted by the Daily Record, he has said: “I’ve accepted the fact that I’ll probably need to leave Rangers. At a big club, it’s always hard to break through. I knew my chances would be limited.”

He added: “Rangers haven’t committed to saying there’s a new deal on the table for me.

“So with a bit of interest in me, it looks like I’ll be moving on.

“I want to kick on in my career now that I’ve had a taste of it.”

Straightforward deal?

Leeds could do with some extra depth in the left-back position because we’ve seen this season that Junior Firpo is prone to playing badly, injury and suspension.

Maxwell is someone who could play for Leeds’ Under-23s and also serve as a back-up option for Firpo in Marcelo Bielsa’s pecking order at Elland Road.

Stuart Dallas and Pascal Struijk have both been drafted in to play at left-back this season but it would be great to have a natural option in that area and allow Dallas and Struijk to play where they’re best if Firpo is ever unavailable.

Maxwell is an attack-minded left-back, who can also play on the right.

In his loan spell at Scottish Championship side Ayr this season, the full-back has scored two goals and supplied three assists in 19 appearances across all comeptitions.

When he signed for Ayr, then-manager David Hopkin described Maxwell as a “highly-rated” young player who “is improving all the time, is strong and very quick”. Daily Record journalist Scott McDermott has said his form at Ayr since has been “outstanding”.

He’s never played for the Rangers first-team but his route to it is blocked by Borna Barisic and Calvin Bassey, so it does make sense for him to move on if he wants to continue to develop at a club where there are more opportunities.

Leeds could offer that.

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