Rangers assistant manager Gary McAllister has admitted that the quality of youth players at Ibrox has caught his eye and hopes the young Gers involved with the Scotland youth set-ups can use that to push on for a first-team place.

McAllister also revealed that the Gers are regularly in contact with the likes of Scottish FA performance boss Malky Mackay and youth managers Billy Stark and Scot Gemmill for updates on the progress of Ibrox kids – with the national staff “pleased” with how they are coming on.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - OCTOBER 03: Rangers manager Steven Gerrard and assistant Gary McAllister are seen during a training session ahead of the UEFA Europa League Group G match between Rangers and SK Rapid Wien at Rangers Auchenhowie Training Centre on October 3, 2018 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.

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“That’s something that’s caught my eye since arriving here – the quality of the youngsters we have,” McAllister told RangersTV.

“We’ve got them spread through all the Scotland set-ups and it’s good because we keep in touch with Malky, Starky, Scot Gemmill and the guys there and they are pleased with the progress some of our youngsters are making.

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“That experience at youth international level must help them to get closer to the Rangers first-team.”

There have been some fantastic results for the Gers youth sides over the last 18 months or so with Reserve League and Under-18 League wins as well as a Scottish FA Youth Cup winwith 11 young Gers representing their countries in the recent international break at under-21 or under-19 level.

MOTHERWELL, SCOTLAND - APRIL 07: Gary McAllister, Assistant Manager of Rangers hugs Scott Arfield of Rangers after he is substituted during the Scottish Ladbrokes Premiership match between Motherwell and Rangers at Fir Park on April 07, 2019 in Motherwell, Scotland. (

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Hopefully, many of those players can push on and challenge for places in the first-team although, with the quality in the starting XI, they may have to bide their time.

With many out on loan at the minute, getting out and playing first-team football elsewhere might be the best move in the short-term for some of the others still at the club.

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