Scotland under-21 manager Scot Gemmill has named his squad to face Lithuania next month – and there is a heavy Rangers influence in the pool with six current and one former Ibrox youngster in the squad.
Robby McCrorie, Kieran Wright, Lewis Mayo, Nathan Patterson, Stephen Kelly and Glenn Middleton are joined by Ross McCrorie for the clash on September 8 in Vilnius.
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Patterson is the only member of the Gers contingent to receive his first call up at this level and after impressing in his handful of appearances for Steven Gerrard’s side, he could – and probably should – come into the starting XI against Lithuania.
The games should also give an opportunity for the likes of Middleton and Mayo to get some game-time under their belts and potentially earn themselves a loan move away from Ibrox to continue their development.
Scotland currently sit third in Group D of the Euro U21 qualifiers behind Greece and the Czech Republic and a win against Lithuania would help keep their hopes of reaching the finals alive.
The number of players who have come through at Rangers is testament to the work done at the club’s Academy and shows that there is talent in the ranks, even if it is proving difficult for them to break into Steven Gerrard’s squad.