Southampton-linked Rangers teen has 'a lot to learn' manager admits
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Southampton-linked Rangers teen has 'a lot to learn' manager admits

Falkirk co-manager Lee Miller thinks Rangers defender Kyle McClelland has a “big future” ahead of him after being impressed by the Northern Irish youth international since arriving on loan at the Bairns last month.

McClelland has made two appearances for the League One leaders since his temporary switch, and has been attracting interest from Premier League Southampton according to a report ahead of his return to Ibrox at the end of the season.

Brian Brobbey of Holland U17 & Kyle McClelland during the match between Holland U17 v Northern Ireland U1(Photo by Cees van Hoogdalem/Soccrates/Getty Images)

Miller was full of praise for the defender as he praised his attitude around the club despite admitting he can understand why he might feel he should have had more game time after failing to appear in any of the Bairns’ league games so far.

“Big Kyle has done really well for us, Miller said.

“In the games he’s played he’s shown a good attitude and in training and about the place. It’s part of his development being in and around the first-team and a team that is going for a league. It’s not easy to come into as good as squad as we’ve got but he’s done really well.

“He’s been focused and determined and probably feels that he could’ve got more minutes. I can understand that and can understand where he’s coming from but I’d say he’s got a good future. A lot to learn but he’s got a good future – as long as it doesn’t go to his head.”

The defender  has made five appearances for Northern Ireland at under-19 level but is also eligible for Scotland, having represented them at U16 & U17 level – with his Gers contract expires in the summer of 2022.

McClelland captained the victorious Alkass Cup side in 2019 and will likely be monitored by the Saints for the remainder of the season as he looks to help Falkirk secure the League One title and a return to the second tier of Scottish football.

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