Ross County are poised to sign former Rangers midfielder Max Ashmore on a one-year contract.
The 19-year-old was released by the Ibrox club at the end of last season despite having regularly trained with the Gers’ first-team as well as captaining their under-20s side.
Although he will be eligible for Stuart Kettlewell’s under-20s side, which won the title last season, Ashmore is being lined up for a role in Jim McIntyre’s first-team and will join for the start of pre-season training on Friday.
County have also signed five of their under-17s side on two-year professional contracts.
Defenders Ben Johnstone and Tom Kelly, midfielders Jack Murray and Mark Gallagher and forward Joel Macbeath, will feature in the under-20s side next term.
All five players are 16, and will continue education at Dingwall Academy alongside their football development.
County’s head of youth Steven Ferguson said: “They have definitely earned it. Physically, as well as mentally, the players are well prepared for the next challenge.”
The Ross County Foundation yesterday launched a football heritage project offering support to elderly residents in the local community.
Supporters and local residents are being encouraged to provide football memorabilia, as well as photographs and stories which can be shared in weekly group sessions.
The foundation intends to build an exhibition which will be on display at Victoria Park.