Rangers B face the next hurdle in their development tomorrow night when they take on Championship side Ayr United in the SPFL Trust Trophy and head coach David McCallum thinks the next few games are crucial in continuing to push the Gers youngsters.

McCallum’s side closed the gap to Lowland League leaders Bonnyrigg Rose to a single point on Saturday with two games in hand, beating Rose 5-2 in an entertaining clash at New Dundas Park, and with Ayr and Hammarby in the UEFA Youth League sandwiching a league clash against Gala Fairydean Rovers.

After reaching the semi-finals in the competition last time out, McCallum knows exactly how beneficial a lengthy run can be but admits it will be a “tough game” for his side against the Honest Men in Dumbarton.

“The next run of games coming up that are going to impact the rest of the season,” McCallum told Rangers TV.


“The next few fixtures are going to be key to keep challenging the players.

“It’s another exciting fixture [Ayr United] that we are looking forward to, a key part is to make sure that we recover properly ahead of that game. We will be respectful to Ayr United, they are a Championship team, it will be a tough game but that’s what we want and look forward to.”

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Ayr have recently parted company with manager David Hopkin as coach Jim Duffy stepped up to take the reins at the weekend, beating Dunfermline Athletic 3-1.

The Honest Men sit seventh in the Championship table and will likely feature at least one familiar face in ex-Rangers defender Jordan Houston.

Jordan Houston in a Scottish Cup clash with Cowdenbeath(Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The full-back left Ibrox to sign on full-time at Somerset Park a few years ago and has become a regular part of the first-team at Ayr, teaming up with current Rangers loanee James Maxwell.

Meanwhile; Rangers kicked off the new SWPL season with a dominant 7-0 win over Hamilton yesterday

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