International tournaments are always a great watch, it’s even better if your own country and a selection of Rangers players are there to make it interesting with next summer’s European Championships no different.
In recent years, the contingent from Ibrox has been sadly lacking and gone are the days when countries like the Netherlands would have players who plied their trade at Ibrox every other weekend.
Next year though, there could be a few Rangers players in Germany for the European Championships, if results go their way and they stay injury free.
Rangers players in European Championships race
The most obvious place to start is Scotland.
Ryan Jack and John Souttar, when fit, are key members of Steve Clarke’s squad.
Both missed out against Cyprus but there can be few arguments given Scotland’s current form.
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Out of the two, Souttar probably has the best chance of forcing his way into the starting XI.
Robby McCrorie, if he heads out on loan in January or there is an injury, also has a chance of keeping his place in the squad, Clarke seems to be a fan of the 25-year old despite his limited game time.
Borna Barisic continues to be a regular for Croatia, not so much from the start nowadays but he continues to add to his 31-caps.
An assist just seconds after coming off the bench against Latvia did his chances of more game time no harm at all and was rewarded with a start against Armenia.
He should comfortably make the squad unless Ridvan Yilmaz confines him to the Rangers bench.
If this happens, the young Turk might find himself back in international reckoning and be another Rangers player heading to the European Championships.
Rabbi Matondo has been recalled by Wales and they still have an outside chance of qualifying although Turkey and Croatia remain strong favourties to progress automatically.
Wales have the comfort of a Nations League play-off pathway to fall back on should they miss out.
The only other Rangers player with a realistic chance of making the European Championships is Ianis Hagi.
Currently on loan at Alaves, the Romanian international had to watch his side draw 1-1 with Israel at the weekend and will be hoping for a chance to show that he is back to his best.
In a tight group, just three points separate Switzerland, Israel and Hagi’s side.
This tournament might come too soon for Nicolas Raskin to make an impression for Belgium but he is certainly one to look for in the future.
It’s a good mix of players, a few to keep an eye on without being too many that the manager has to worry about players being fatigued or underprepared for any qualifiers that have to be played.
Win the league, and that isn’t a problem.