Two Rangers youngsters received a big boost this afternoon, in the form of international selection.

Both Ciaran Dickson and Kai Kennedy have been selected for Scotland U18s.

Coach, Billy Stark, has named his squad.  (Photo by Lukasz Sobala/PressFocus/MB Media/Getty Images)

There may be a lack of Gers involved in the senior national team setup, with just Ryan Jack flying the flag. Yet, it’s a different story altogether at youth level.

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In this current international break alone, there are eight players involved with Scotland across U19 and U21 level.

Josh McPake, Dapo Mebude and Nathan Patterson were all called up for U19 friendlies against Japan.

At U21s, Robby McCrorie, Kieran Wright, Ross McCrorie, Stephen Kelly and Glenn Middleton are all in the squad for two European Championship qualifiers.

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Now, Dickson and Kennedy have also been rewarded for their exploits at Auchenhowie.

Dickson celebrates scoring in last season’s Youth Cup Final against Celtic. (Photo by Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

The two players were integral parts of the U17s side which won the Alkass International Cup in Qatar in February. They’ve since been looking to kick on to Reserves/Colts level and Kennedy, who was named Player of the Tournament in Doha, started for the Development XI against Partick Thistle last week in the Glasgow Cup.

 

Billy Stark his called on the duo for an international tournament in Istanbul later this month.

At this stage, the squad sits at a sizeable 20, but let’s hope when it comes to the XI for the opening fixture, there’s room for Dickson in midfield and Kennedy in attack.

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