Falkirk co-manager Lee Miller thinks being able to offer the opportunity to compete for titles and work with experienced players at the Bairns is “vital” to help the development of talented youngsters such as Rangers loanee Kyle McClelland, with the Gers kid impressing for the League One title contenders on loan.
McClelland has appeared in Scottish Cup clashes against Arbroath and Celtic as the Bairns faced higher-tier opposition in successive rounds and putting in a resolute performance at Celtic Park before eventually losing to the Parkhead side.
McClelland is getting to work alongside former internationals such as Connor Sammon, Mo Gomis and Paul Dixon at Falkirk as he looks to help Miller and David McCracken’s side return to the second tier, and the Southampton-linked defender will be hoping to be involved this weekend against Clyde.
Miller keeps reiterating to the McClelland and fellow loanees Euan Deveney, Kai Fotheringham and Lewis Neilson that their loan stint with the Bairns is ‘part of their growing up’ as footballers, insisting working with the talented squad the Falkirk boss has at his disposal.
“It’s vital for their development because not everyone gets this opportunity,” Miller said.
“We keep telling the boys that this is part of their ‘growing up’ and being in men’s football. Rubbing shoulders with Gary Millers and Mark Durnans and the guys like that who have been on the flip side of it and been on the flip side of that coming through and been young players coming through and being involved in successful sides.
“Part of their development is being left out and how they cope with that with their attitude, how they apply themselves – do they just sack it off or do they show that desire and hunger to do better in training and kick on and get more game-time.
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“It’s difficult, we all scream about mental health and how people cope with things so it is so important for us to tap into that as well and encourage these boys to look after themselves. We’ve got a really, really good group in there. A really honest bunch of lads that are willing to help each other in that development side of things.”
Meanwhile, a Rangers loanee is finally in line to make his Premiership debut, six months after heading out of Ibrox.