Rangers Academy youngster Kieran McKechnie ended an eight-month injury lay-off when he came off the bench in the 3-1 Development Squad win over Motherwell – and the teenager admits he was “buzzing” to get back on the pitch after so long out.

McKechnie underwent knee surgery last May and hopes he can get some more minutes under his belt as he looks to get back to his best and repeat last season’s success in the Scottish FA Youth Cup.

The youngster could even have got his name on the scoresheet as strikes from Jamie Barjonas, Josh McPake and Glenn Middleton secured a comfortable win but McKechnie was happy just to be back playing.

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“I was buzzing to get back on the pitch, I know that it will take time to get my touch back and that but it was great to be back on the pitch again,” McKechnie told RangersTV.

“I probably should have scored but I know it will come soon. I’m just aiming to get minutes just now and hopefully, I can start adding goals in other games as well.”

With his Rangers contract up in the summer, the teenager will be aiming to impress over the coming months and win an extension after losing a big chunk of time to injury.

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25th April 2019, Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland; Scottish FA Youth Cup Final, Celtic U18s versus Rangers U18s; The Rangers players pose with the cup

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At only 18, McKechnie could also find himself regularly involved with the under-19s as he looks to build his fitness up and help David McCallum’s side close in on a perfect season in the league.

After so long out, it’s good to see McKechnie back in action and, hopefully, he can push on and impress in the coming months for the Academy sides.

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