FOOTBALL: Hegarty in 'dream' Rangers move

DUNGANNON teenager Chris Hegarty has spoken of his delight after securing a dream move to Glasgow Rangers.

The 17-year-old has signed a one-year contract with the Old Firm giants after impressing in a trial at Ibrox.

Hegarty has enjoyed a meteoric rise since making a name for himself in the blue of Dungannon Swifts' youth team.

He secured a move to Millwall but was released by the English Division One club at the end of last season.

Now his rollercoaster career is taking him to the home of the Scottish Premier League champions.

And with the likes of Steven Davis, Kyle Lafferty and Andrew Little all starring for the Light Blues, Hegarty is hoping he can emulate the fortunes of the Northern Ireland internationals.

"It was disappointing getting released by MIllwall, but the next day I got a call from Phil Rowan, the Rangers scout in Northern Ireland," Chris revealed.

"I then had a couple of trials and secured this contract. It is amazing that I have got my chance with a club like Rangers, and now I just want to get started and hopefully impress next season and maybe extend my stay."

Dungannon manager Dixie Robinson nurtured Hegarty through the youth

ranks at Stangmore Park.

And he believes the talented teenager has a bright future ahead.

"I know Chris was highly thought of at Millwall, but unfortunately he was released," Robinson said.

"But he is a young lad who has a lot of time in front of him. He has a great chance to do well in Scotland and you never know, maybe one day he will come up against Niall McGinn in an Old Firm derby.

"Niall is another former Dungannon player so that would be special."

Hegarty admits his priority is forging his way into Rangers' reserve team next season.

"I want to get over to Scotland, get myself fit and start playing football," he added.

"Obviously I want to try and get into the reserve team and try and get another contract.

"I am certainly going to have a good crack at it."