Rangers B Team head coach David McCallum has lauded ex-Man United youth Charlie McCann for a ‘ruthless’ performance in the Lowland League on Sunday [Rangers.co.uk].
McCann scored a hat-trick as the B team hammered Edinburgh University 8-2 at the C&G Systems Stadium in Dumbarton.
71' 5-1 | GOAL! A hat-trick for Charlie McCann 💫
Robbie Fraser cuts it back to find Charlie on the edge of the box – he strikes it low and hard beyond the keeper and into the bottom left corner. pic.twitter.com/s51VtIwwEg
— Rangers B & Academy (@RFC_Youth) December 19, 2021
Ex-Man United youth praised for ‘ruthless’ Rangers B display
The 19-year-old midfielder – who joined the Gers on a three-year deal from Man United in July – scored a free-kick and also found the net with a pair of open-play strikes from the edge of the box.
The outstanding performance came just two days after the young Irishman took part in first-team training ahead of the Premiership fixture against Dundee United.
McCallum was pleased with his contribution, suggesting that end product has been an area of focus for McCann in recent times.
“For Charlie to come in from midfield to get into those situations and be clinical as he was, is something that we’ve challenged him on as an individual,” he said [Rangers.co.uk]. “He was ruthless in those moments which is good for him and the team.”
“Our focus is to make sure that our performance is right, I think it’s good for players to be a bit more open to playing in a different way.”
Scottish Cup chance on cards for McCann
It was made clear that McCann moved from Old Trafford to Ibrox as a B-team signing, but supporters were very excited about the deal and his progress has been followed closely.
There’s a plan in place for him at Rangers and the fact that he’s been spotted in first-team training on multiple occasions suggests that he’s on track to be permanently promoted to the senior group in the not too distant future.
Performances like the one he produced at the weekend are sure to catch the eye of Gio van Bronckhorst and with a Scottish Cup clash against Stirling Albion coming up after the winter break, a first-team debut beckons if he can maintain his current strong form.
Meanwhile, in an apparent blow for Rangers, a German club are reportedly leading the race to sign a rapid international in January.