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Rangers FC loan Cammy Palmer, Matthew Shiels, Danny Finlayson to Orange County SC

Young trio come to California as part of new partnership.

Cammy Palmer has captained Rangers Reserves to a title win.
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Orange County SC revealed the names of three players joining the club on loan for 2020 as part of their partnership with Scottish outfit Rangers FC — midfielder Cammy Palmer, defender Matthew Shiels and defender Daniel Finlayson.

Palmer, 19, has the most experience of the trio to date. The captain of Rangers Reserves last season, he spent the first half of this season on loan at Scottish Championship side Partick Thistle, getting 13 league appearances and a further seven in domestic cup competitions. Born in England, Palmer was raised in Canada and is eligible to represent England, Scotland and Northern Ireland, where his father is from. To date, he’s played for Scotland’s youth teams before more recently joining the Northern Ireland set-up at youth level.

Shiels in action with a Rangers squad.
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Shiels, 19, joins after two loan stints elsewhere in Scotland. In the fall of 2018, he went to Scottish League Two side Edinburgh City on loan, and earlier this season he had been on loan at League One outfit Dumbarton. Originally a forward, Shiels is being trained to be a left back, and he’s got experience as a U-19 Scottish international.

Finlayson, who just turned 19, joins from the youth ranks at Rangers. A right back, he’s a Northern Ireland U-19 international and has played in the UEFA Youth League for Rangers this season, scoring a key goal against Young Boys to help push his club through in the competition.

Here’s Finlayson talking after that game in which he scored in the UEFA Youth League for Rangers.

This video from last May includes interviews from Palmer (first player) and Shiels (third player) after they helped Rangers Reserves win the SPFL Reserves League title for 2018-19.

Rangers Sporting Director Ross Wilson said in a statement, “We feel that Danny, Cammy and Matthew will benefit from playing in a competitive and growing league within a challenging new environment whilst playing in front of expectant fans every week. We will track their progress closely.”

“We wish our three players and Orange County SC the best of luck for the season ahead in the USL.”

Orange County President of Soccer Operations Oliver Wyss said, “We are delighted to add Matthew, Danny and Cammy to our team as part of our Rangers FC partnership.

“Our technical staff had a chance to watch and meet the three European Youth Internationals and we could not be more excited to continue their professional development in our structure.

“This is a historic moment for our club and our fans will be pleased to see the players have an impact on and off the field for Orange County!”

In addition to the three Rangers players joining on loan, the clubs announced that OCSC midfielder Francis Jacobs will play with the Rangers U-16 squad at the upcoming Alkass International Cup, a tournament they won last year.

Orange County SC open the 2020 USL Championship season on March 6 at Championship Soccer Stadium against El Paso Locomotive.

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