Rangers youngster Jordan Houston has bid an emotional farewell to the Ibrox club after leaving to join Ayr United.

Houston, 19, departed for Somerset Park earlier this week after 13 years at his beloved club. The teen made his first-team debut for Gers back in January of last year against Cowdenbeath in the Scottish Cup.

Houston has now opened up on the wrench it was for him to leave and explained his reasoning behind moving on to join Mark Kerr's Championship side permanently.

Posting on social media, Houston wrote: "After almost 13 years at my boyhood club, I have made the decision to move on and further my career. This decision has not been a light one — those who know me know Rangers has been my life since day one and always will be.

"To make my professional debut at Rangers Football Club is an honour that few can say, and a memory that I will treasure forever. I am thankful to the coaches and staff who have helped me develop into the person I am — both inside and out of football.

"Since joining Ayr United, I have relished becoming a regular first-team player — I am excited to commit my future to the club. I wish Rangers the very best".

The defender has played 17 times for Ayr this season already following a loan stint, during which time he also turned out for Rangers colts in their Challenge cup efforts earlier this campaign.