Alan Hutton was left raving after seeing five Rangers youngsters play their part in Scotland under-19s’ win over Germany on Tuesday night.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Gers defender and boyhood fan of the Light Blues said that the changes to the running of the club’s youth academy is working wonders for the club and it is shown by their players’ success on the international stage.
Ibrox youngster Josh McPake scored the one and only goal in Tuesday’s 1-0 victory for Scotland and the 18-year-old was joined by Dapo Mebude, Kai Kennedy, James Maxwell and Ciaran Dickson in representing the Glasgow giants for their country.
🏴 Dapo Mebude, Josh McPake, Kai Kennedy, James Maxwell and Ciaran Dickson all involved as #SCO19s defeat Germany in a terrific victory at Firhill thanks to McPake’s first-half strike
Congratulations 👏👊 https://t.co/NL7IjtLaVi
— Rangers Youth Academy (@RFC_Youth) October 15, 2019
Hutton says that moving away from playing solely against Scottish sides to take on both British and European sides has been a great move for the Light Blues’ development squad and that the players getting international experience is only going to boost their development.
Hutton told Football Insider: “It’s brilliant. I think ultimately you want to go and test yourself, your abilities, not just against homegrown players but against different nations and this is only going to stand them in good stead for the future.
“It’s good to go through the levels, see all of the different teams and what you’re up against. Rangers are looking good at the moment. Peter Lovenkrands is doing a great job there with the other guys, in a league that allows them to travel to different countries, different tournaments, it’s another excellent thing for the kids to be learning.
“For the national team, it’s even better. If these boys are getting a taste of this, improving as they should, hopefully they can make the grade with the first-team.”
McPake is classed as one of the most exciting prospects at Rangers at the moment, the 18-year-old winger currently getting a taste of senior football out on loan at Dundee.
He has played once for Rangers’ first-team so far, while he has four appearances under his belt for his loan side.
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