Six Rangers starlets have been named in Billy Stark’s Scotland under-19 squad for the UEFA Elite Round qualifiers in France later this month as the Gers youngsters dominate the Scotland youth set-ups.

James Maxwell, Nathan Patterson, Ciaran Dickson, Kai Kennedy, Josh McPake and Dapo Mebude are all in the squad for the three games in France as the Scots take on the hosts, Russia and Georgia for a place at this summer’s finals.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JANUARY 17: Nathan Patterson of Rangers is seen making his competitive debut during the Scottish Cup fourth round match between Rangers and Stranraer FC at Ibrox Stadium on January 17, 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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The number of young Gers in the squad is a sign of the massive progress made at the club in recent years, with it only being a few seasons ago that Rangers were lucky to have a handful of players across the various age groups.

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With so many representing Scotland – 15 in total between under-21, under-19 and under-17 levels – Craig Mulholland and his staff have done a fantastic job in identifying and nurturing young talent.

 

The big task is to find a way to get as many of these young players into the first-team on a regular basis and impressing for Steven Gerrard’s side.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - OCTOBER 15: Kai Kennedy of Scotland reacts at full time during the UEFA Under 19 European qualifier match between Scotland and Germany at Firhill Stadium on October 15, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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Several of the young Gers have already made their senior debut for Rangers – with some fans disappointed not to see Nathan Patterson in the starting XI for the weekend win over Ross County.

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The Scots will face France on Wednesday, March 25, Russia on Saturday, March 28 and Georgia on Tuesday, March 31 for a place in the finals in Northern Ireland this summer.

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