Rangers academy starlet, Chris McKee, is ‘buzzing’ after receiving his maiden Northern Ireland U21s call up following a superb run of performances at club level.

McKee has been the standout player in the Gers B team this season, with his tally of eight goals at least double that of any other player in the squad.

He has thrived against senior opposition and scored his latest brace in front of first-team coach, Michael Beale, in a 3-1 victory over Brechin City.

The 18-year-old has previously featured for his country at U17 and U19 level but he’s jumped up an age-group ahead of the U21s’ final Euro 2021 qualification fixture.

Rangers striker Chris McKee (9) is making the step up to the Northern Ireland U21s. (Photo by Cees van Hoogdalem/Soccrates/Getty Images)

Northern Ireland can’t qualify for the finals but they travel to Kovalivka to face Ukraine on Tuesday, having defeated the same opposition at the Ballymena Showgrounds last month.


McKee took to Twitter following the announcement, expressing his delight at the age-group leap.

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If McKee is able to make an impact in training and in the match itself, he could convince U21s boss, Andy Crosby, to make the promotion a permanent one.

The teenager has a number of big games to look forward to following international duty, too, with the Rangers B team set to face Queen’s Park, Celtic and Clyde in the Glasgow Cup over the coming weeks.

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