By Kevin Campbell

4th Dec, 2020 | 4:00pm

Exclusive: Beefed-up Rangers teen tipped for first-XI promotion after Campbell blown away

Kevin Campbell has expressed his excitement at the potential of Rangers rising star Chris McKee.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former Arsenal and Everton forward tipped the 18-year-old to soon be promoted to the first team set-up.

McKee has impressed since making the permanent step up to the Rangers B team this season and earned a call-up to Norther Ireland Under-21 squad earlier this month.

He committed his long-term future to the Light Blues last week by penning a new two-year deal that ties him to Ibrox until the summer of 2022.

The Athletic‘s Jordan Campbell revealed last Sunday that the striker has “gone to another level” physique-wise this campaign.

“This is why club’s have academies,” Campbell told Football Insider. “If you do not have young talented players like Chris McKee coming through, Steven Gerrard would be asking, ‘What is going on?’ The young players are the lifeblood of the football club.

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“They connect with the fan base because supporters follow them as they are coming through the ranks.

“It is great to see a young prolific striker doing so well and I am sure he will be integrated into the first team at some stage very soon.”  

One possibility is that Rangers agree a loan move for McKee in the January transfer window to give him a taste of senior football.

He has yet to make his senior Gers bow and there is intense competition for forward positions in Steven Gerrard’s high flying side.

In other news, Rangers have set their sights on signing son of Premier League legend from Scottish club.