Rangers talent Ross McCausland celebrated signing a new three-year deal with the Ibrox club by netting a deadly double against Hammarby in the UEFA Youth League.
The talented Ibrox winger, 18, signed a new deal just before the clash with the Swedish outfit with the challenge now being set for the player to go and break into the first team.
📝 #RangersFC Academy are today delighted to announce that Ross McCausland has signed a contract extension until 2024.
— Rangers B & Academy (@RFC_Youth) September 27, 2021
And Ross did his chances of this no harm as he showed up with two goals against the Swedish outfit in a convincing 3-0 Rangers win at the Dumbarton Football Stadium.
Both goals came in the second half after Robbie Ure has given the hosts the lead, with McCausland cutting inside from the right for his first and bending a left-footed shot beyond the diving William Bjorklund five minutes after the hour mark.
With nine minutes to go, McCausland surely put the tie to bed with a composed finish after some neat link-up play with Robbie Ure.
After the final whistle, B Team manager David McCallum was full of praise for Ross and challenged him to break into the first team.
“You can see the talent Ross has tonight, his two goals were top class,” said McCallum.
“He’s not the only one though I think there are others in that line who can bring that. Everybody’s challenge is to try and get to a level that makes the first team think about them.
“That’s what we’re here to do, we’re not just here to make the B Team that performs. We’re here to try and get players to a level that makes the first team think about them.
“And then it’s up to that player to try and get ahead of what’s already there, it’s not an easy challenge, but you’re at Rangers, it should be difficult.
— Rangers B & Academy (@RFC_Youth) September 28, 2021
“Our guys when they hit those levels they’ll get people talking about them and that’s the first step in the direction we want them to go.”
Rangers fans will be delighted with the performance of the Young Bears in the match and should the Gers progress past the second leg, they’ll face either Septemvri Sofia (BUL) or Akademia e Futibollit (ALB) in the second round of the UEFA Youth League.
Here’s three things we learned from the match as the future certainly appears bright at Rangers in the coming years.