Brace The Hammer has learned that the Rangers FC loan deal for 18 year old Reece Oxford has been proposed to be for 18 months rather than for the rest of the season, as was first reported. Oxford could spend all of next season in Glasgow, playing in more than a few Old Firm derbies.
The extended loan deal makes sense from a development standpoint, as Oxford needs time on playing in games and not coming in off the bench to fully develop as a player. With the recent acquisition of Jose Fonte, Oxford is even further from regular first team action at West Ham. Next year with Angelo Ogbonna, Fonte, and Winston Reid all fit, Oxford would be again sidelined most of the season, and James Collins will be in the final year of his contract.
Oxford would also get time to settle in at Rangers and not be rushed into the starting lineup. He can ease into first team action the rest of the year and then spend all year gaining valuable experience at Rangers learning his craft at a top SPL club. His time at Rangers could do a world of good for Oxford to learn from experienced players in the Rangers team and from a good manager in Mark Warburton.