COMMENT By James Black
Rangers return to action this weekend against Hamilton and 19-year-old defender Ross McCrorie is likely to start after an impressive start to life as a first-team player at Ibrox.
McCrorie has come through the ranks at Ibrox and has forced his way into a regular first-team spot with a series of composed performances.
The former Under-20’s captain has shown there is a pathway available for young players at Ibrox and joins a host of other Academy prospects to have made their first-team debut for the Light Blues in recent months.
Alongside McCrorie, Jamie Barjonas, Aidan Wilson, Kyle Bradley and Myles Beerman have all been handed their senior bow with many more youngsters chomping at the bit to get their first taste of action for the Gers.
With Under-20’s manager Graeme Murty in interim charge of the first-team following Pedro Caixinha’s sacking, more young Gers could follow and make the step from youth football to the Scottish Premiership.
Rangers’ Under-20’s have embarked on an ambitious ‘Academy Games’ programme this year instead of taking part in the SPFL’s Development League.
This sees the Gers’ youths travelling across Europe to play the best continental sides and also taking on the best youth sides in the UK to provide tougher opposition and force Rangers’ young players out of their comfort zone.
Here, Football Insider looks at three rising stars who must be next to earn promotion to the first-team at Rangers.
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