An exciting young Rangers prospect appears to have slipped down the pecking order at Ibrox.

Last season, 19-year-old forward Andy Dallas made the bench on two occasions.

He didn’t manage to make it on for his professional debut, but he was in and around the squad whenever there was a fitness concern with a senior striker.

Dallas was fouth cab off the rank behind Morelos, Defoe and Lafferty. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Unfortunately, though, that no longer appears to be the case. Dallas was not included in the extended squad which spent a week training in Portugal, nor did he feature in the first official pre-season friendly against Oxford United.

It seems his absence has made room for even younger attacking prospects, in Josh McPake and Dapo Mebude.

What next?

With Dallas having very little chance of making that senior competitive Gers debut this season, it’s probably best that he looks to seal a loan move.

Last term, he proved he could star at Reserve team level. Impressively, he finished top scorer in the SPFL Reserve league with 14. However, when he went on loan to Greenock Morton over the second half of the season, the goals dried up.

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The youngster struggled to nail down a starting spot and failed to net in eleven Championship appearances [Soccerbase].

Based on that record, it’s probably fair enough for Gerrard not to include him in his pre-season plans. However, it’s clear that there’s a real player there.

Therefore, he should be given another chance to head out on loan to prove he is ready to mix it at senior level.

Only if he goes out and does the business elsewhere, will his chances of first-team football at Ibrox increase.

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