Rangers SPL debut within touching distance for Andy Dallas
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Rangers SPL debut within touching distance for Andy Dallas

Rangers fans were left disappointed on Boxing Day, as they failed to hold out for a win against Hibernian.

However, the match did represent another step in the right direction for young striker Andy Dallas.

The 19-year-old has been in superb form for Rangers Reserves and U20s this season.

He netted a hat-trick against Kilmarnock, a brace against Rapid Vienna, and most recently, his side’s only goal away at Hearts.

Dallas found a place on the Boxing Day bench alongside Jordan Rossiter. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Those performances have clearly caught the attention of first team manager, Steven Gerrard. As a result of Alfredo Morelos’ suspension, he got a place on the bench at home to Hamilton.

Yet, more impressively, even though Morelos was back for yesterday’s clash against Hibs, Dallas was still deemed worthy of a place.

Injuries are undoubtedly stretching the first team squad. However, that’s now two consecutive home SPL matches in which Dallas has been named on the bench.

This certainly indicates he is the highest rated academy player at the club.

As yet, circumstances haven’t allowed him any game time in the league. Gerrard would likely only call on his services if Rangers were comfortably leading, or conversely, chasing the game.

Gerrard clearly likes what he sees and is waiting for the right time to expose the striker. (Photo by Josef Bollwein/SEPA.Media /Getty Images)

Yet, Dallas will still be benefitting from his involvement in match day squads. Experiencing the routines and sampling the atmosphere can only be helpful going forward.

This young talent’s time to shine may be just around the corner.