Rangers

By Will Butcher

Football Insider analyses three talking points from Rangers 1-0 win over Inverness on Christmas Eve.

21-year-old must be nurtured carefully

Barrie McKay is key to the success of Rangers in the next few years. A product of the Gers youth academy, McKay has sparkled in a stuttering side this season from out wide and continued to show that against Inverness. Possessing an impeccable ability to pluck the ball out of the air to a dead stop was breathtaking. At such a tender age, the skillful winger showed the kind of talent that would be expected from someone much older. As his stock continues to rise, so will interest in the youngster, but Mark Warburton must keep his in-form attacker and build the team around him. They must treat him correctly, keep him happy and do everything they can to keep him at Ibrox.

Centre-back is needed in January

Rob Kiernan and Clint Hill looked sluggish against a quick Inverness attack, as they relied on Wes Foderingham to save them on multiple occasions. The centre-back duo were slow at times and not close enough to striker Lonsana Doumbouya, which allowed the Caley Jags to get forward. Philippe Senderos and Danny Wilson are the Gers other alternatives at the heart of the defence, but have struggled to adapt to the rigours of the Scottish Premiership. With none of the four up to scratch, Warburton should enter the January transfer window for a new centre-back.

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Could Foderingham deserve an England call-up?

It is rare that a player from either of Scotland’s top two sides are given a call-up to the England side. But on this evidence, 25-year-old Foderingham would be more than capable of pulling on the Three Lions jersey as he starred in goal for Rangers. A number of top class saves prevented Inverness from finding an equaliser, as he kept his ninth clean sheet in all competitions this season. An England call-up could be on the horizon for the former Swindon Town stopper, as he continues to excel for the Gers.

In other Rangers news, Mark Warburton believes this Gers ace could be a crucial part when he returns to fitness.