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17th Jun, 2018 | 6:12pm

Rangers pre-season trip to Spain great chance for youngsters to stake first-team claim


Rangers manager Steven Gerrard took his squad out to Spain on Sunday morning for a ten-day training camp – and it is a fantastic chance for a number of Gers youngsters to seal a first-team place.

Zak Rudden, Aidan Wilson, Serge Atakayi and Glenn Middleton are among a group of players from the club’s Academy taken along on Spanish trip, according to the Scottish Sun.

Middleton, in particular, has come in for huge amounts of praise for his performances in the Under-20s since moving to Ibrox earlier this year.

Although it is easy to think the players are simply there to make up the numbers and provide warm bodies for training drills, the absence of a number of senior stars suggests they have been given a chance to impress.

The Light Blues youngsters have picked up some fantastic results over the course of the last 12 months as part of their ambitious Games Programme and Gerrard will be familiar with them after bringing his Liverpool side to Ibrox early in the season.

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While it is unlikely any of them are going to suddenly force their way into a spot in the starting XI when the competitive action gets underway, there’s a real opportunity to prove they deserve to be in the reckoning for the first-team.

With Ross McCrorie already leading the way for them, Gers fans will be hoping to see at least one of them grab their chance with both hands and force their way into Gerrard’s plans.

In other Rangers transfer news, they are leading the hunt to sign an in-demand attacker from Liverpool.

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