By Danny Wright

20th Apr, 2017 | 9:27am

Rangers emerging star Houston promoted to first team

By Danny Wright

Rangers Under-17 captain Jordan Houston is using first-team duo David Bates and Myles Beerman’s senior call-ups as inspiration after being promoted to the first-team squad.

Houston has trained with the main squad and has applauded Pedro Caixinha’s decision to call upon youth in his hour of need.

The Rangers defence has been hit hard by an injury crisis in recent weeks which has led to Bates and Beerman being drafted in for their first-team debuts.

Houston, 17, wants to grab Caixinha’s attention in case he is needed in the immediate future.

“I have been lucky to have had the chance to train with the first team as well and to see the boys in the side gives everyone a bit of inspiration to push on,” said the emerging talent, as quoted by the Evening Times.

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“The chance is there and when it is you have to take it. We need to keep performing.

“I have been round a couple of times recently. It is always hard when a new manager comes it but you just need to do your best to impress and hopefully you catch his eye.

“He has shown that he is willing to give younger players a chance so if we keep performing hopefully we get a chance. There is nothing stopping us.”

Houston is gearing up for a Glasgow Cup final against Celtic on Thursday night while Bates and Beerman are getting ready for a Scottish Cup semi-final clash against their Old Firm rivals.

The first-team duo both made their debuts in the 0-0 draw with Kilmarnock in early April.

Bates, a centre-back, and Beerman, a left-back, are yet to see their side concede a single goal in their three appearances for the Light Blues.

Their biggest test is on Sunday though, as they could be called upon yet again to take on the Celtic behemoth.

Moussa Dembele and Scott Sinclair have been in riveting goal scoring form this season and have found the net 55 times between them across all competitions this season.

In other Rangers news, John Hartson reveals how Gers can beat Celtic in the semi-final.

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