Rangers youngster Chris McKee was among the goalscorers as Kevin Thomson’s side blew BSC Glasgow away 5-1 in a friendly on Saturday and the Nothern Irish teenager admits it is “brilliant being back.”
The Gers B team only just returned to pre-season training last month but McKee worked “flat out” at home during lockdown and is confident it has helped him since returning to training.
Thomson’s side face Queen’s Park in another friendly on Friday night and the youngster is looking forward to getting back to competitive action before long.
“It was brilliant being back. We had to wait a long time after the coronavirus pandemic halted everything,” McKee said, as quoted by Belfast Live.
“It is just good being back in that football environment, and being among your teammates.
“We only really got back to pre-season in the last week of August.
“Now we are back training in small groups due to Covid-19 protocols and we eventually had our first game last Saturday. It was good to finally play a game after five months.
“We are playing men’s teams and it is a steep learning curve. In many cases we are a better team technically, but we are going up against stronger players and it is much more physical than we are used to. We are loving it. It is what any young player wants. To test yourself against a decent level.
“I was working flat out at home. I was able to solely focus on my fitness and it kept me in shape.
“I returned to Rangers feeling really fit, and it has definitely benefited me since coming back.
“We have another game against Queens Park’s first team this Friday night which will be another physical test. We can’t wait. We want to challenge ourselves.
“We also have the Glasgow Cup and Under 19 Champions League on the horizon, so we want to be ready for those games.”
McKee helped Rangers’ Under 18s win the league and Scottish FA Youth Cup, and featured in the Under 17 side that won the Alkass Cup in Qatar as he got his Gers career underway.
After moving to Ibrox from Linfield, the youngster has a lot of hype surrpounding him and hopefully he can live up to those expectations.
He’s certainly shown he has the right attitude to be a success at Ibrox and will have a big year ahead of him this season under Kevin Thomson and Brian Gilmour.