Rangers youngster Ross McCausland is on trial with Dutch club De Graafschap ahead of a potential loan move next season.

It’s an exciting opportunity for the young Northern Irishman to impress at the Eerste Divisie side as he potentially looks at a year in the Dutch second tier.

Still only 19, Ross McCausland is amongst the highest-rated youngsters at Ibrox and a potential move to De Graafschap would be a brave, ambitious and potentially rewarding one for the right winger.

De Graafschap took to their website to announce the trial and suggested that young Ross could be involved against familiar Dutch club Willem II later in the week.

“De Graafschap has Ross McCausland as a guest during the training camp in Doorwerth that Adrie Poldervaart’s team is organizing from today,” reads the statement [De Graafschap].

“The training camp will be concluded on Friday with a closed practice match with Willem II.

“Ross is a 19-year-old winger who hails from the youth ranks of Rangers FC in Scotland.

“The young Northern Irishman is part of De Graafschap’s selection this week as a guest for a short internship period.”

Rangers’ Ross McCausland on trial at De Graafschap

This has shades of the failed NAC Breda links to Rangers youngster Glenn Middleton a few seasons ago, with the winger opting instead to move to Hibs amid links to the Netherlands.

These rare opportunities for young Scottish-based players are undoubtedly experimental but they offer youngsters genuinely life-changing experiences in other countries where they can grow and develop as footballers.

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Ross McCausland is clearly highly thought of at Rangers – as evidenced by a new two-and-a-half year contract handed to him last season – and De Graafschap will run the rule over him this week.

If the kid impresses, which we’re sure he’s perfectly capable of doing, then there could be a major opportunity for McCausland in the Netherlands next season.

Speaking of Rangers kids going out on loan, read about how one 21-goal young Ibrox striker has moved across the city of Glasgow.

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