Scotland and England will meet in the semi-final of the prestigious Toulon Tournament on Wednesday – and it will give Rangers manager Steven Gerrard a perfect opportunity to assess some of his Gers youngsters.
The Scottish FA confirmed details of the clash on their official Twitter account and it should be one Gerrard is marking in his diary.
U21s | We will take on England in our 2018 @TournoiToulon Semi-Final.
— Scottish FA (@ScottishFA) June 4, 2018
With Robby McCrorie, Glenn Middleton and Liam Burt all in the Scotland squad it will let Gerrard see them in a competitive game against a side he is much more familiar with in Aidy Boothroyd’s England.
All three have been involved so far in the Scots’ run to the semi-final and could all play a part in Wednesday’s semi-final as Scotland look to reach the final for the first time and will be hoping to catch the eye if they are given the chance to impress.
Gerrard spent some time in France and took in several games but is now thought to have returned to Britain, although the game is being broadcast – and France is only a short flight if he wanted to see it in person.
Middleton has already wowed fans since arriving in January and is likely to be the next player to make the step up from the Under-20s at Ibrox to the first-team and hope to follow Ross McCrorie in cementing his place in the senior squad.
Burt and McCrorie might be a little behind Middleton and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see both go out on loan before the end of the summer as the Gers look to get them more game-time although the chance to impress in Toulon will certainly be one both players will be desperate to take.
With Burt having made his debut for the first-team already and McCrorie impressing on loan at Berwick last season, both are close to making the breakthrough and have consistently been stand-outs for club and country at youth level.
Rangers return for pre-season training on June 15th and the trio of Scotland Under-21 stars will be hoping that when they return to the club’s Auchehowie training ground that they have made a massive impression on the new manager and have earned a chance in the first-team.