Three Rangers first-team players have been called up for crucial upcoming World Cup qualifying fixtures.

Jon McLaughlin and Nathan Patterson have been included in Steve Clarke’s latest Scotland squad, while the most capped British male footballer, Steven Davis, is in Ian Baraclough’s Northern Ireland squad.

Scotland have the easier looking set of fixtures to look forward to, as they face Israel at home on 9 October before travelling to Tórshavn to take on the Faroe Islands on 12 October.

Meanwhile, it’s an away double-header for Northern Ireland, who face Switzerland and Bulgaria respectively on the same dates.

Scotland are currently second in Group F but are just one point above Israel, while NI have plenty of work to do as they sit third in Group C, three points behind Switzerland and nine behind runaway leaders Italy.

McLaughlin is unlikely to feature in Scotland’s fixtures, as despite his recent good form, he’s behind Craig Gordon in the pecking order.

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Jon McLaughlin is one of three Rangers players to be called up for World Cup qualifiers. (Photo by Steve Welsh/Getty Images)

Rangers fans will want to see Nathan Patterson given the nod at right-back, but Stephen O’Donnell has proved his fitness in recent weeks with two 90-minute appearances for Motherwell.

Meanwhile, after being rested for recent wins over Livingston and Dundee, Steven Davis should be in a position to captain NI in both of their matches.

A number of former Rangers players made each squad, with Liam Kelly and Billy Gilmour involved with Scotland, and Jordan Jones and Jordan Thompson involved with NI.

In other news, a forward Rangers sold in 2019 is currently lighting up an overseas league.

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