Nine Rangers players have been called into the Scotland under-19 and under-21 squads as the Gers Academy continues to develop quality young players.

Ross and Robby McCrorie have both been named in Scot Gemmill’s under-21s for the upcoming games with Mexico and Sweden.

DOETINCHEM, NETHERLANDS - SEPTEMBER 11: (L-R) Oussama Idrissi of Holland U21, Ross Mccrorie of Scotland U21 during the match between Holland U21 v Scotland U21 at the De Vijverberg on September 11, 2018 in Doetinchem Netherlands

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Jordan Houston, Lewis Mayo, Matty Shiels, Stephen Kelly, Dapo Mebude, Glenn Middleton and Zak Rudden are all part of the under-19s group for their European Championship Elite Round qualifiers later in the month.

Former Rangers midfielder Billy Gilmour is also part of the under-19 squad.

With such an impressive number of players in the national sides, it’s a promising sign for the long-term at Ibrox.

DOETINCHEM, NETHERLANDS - SEPTEMBER 11: Goalkeeper, Robby McCrorie of Scotland in action during the UEFA European Under-21 Championship group 4 qualifying match between Netherlands and Scotland at Stadion De Vijverberg on September 11, 2018 in Doetinchem, Netherlands.

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Academy boss Craig Mulholland has done a fantastic job over the last few years in changing the culture in the youth department.

 

Promoting ‘best v best’ rather than simply grouping players exclusively based on age has seen a number of players move quickly up the ladder.

OPOLE, POLAND - SEPTEMBER 06: Zak Rudden of Scotland U19 celebrates scoring the"ngoal with team mates during international friendly match between Poland U19 and Scotland U19 on September 6, 2018 in Opole, Poland.

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Players as young as 15 and 16 are regularly involved with the reserve side, as well as many youth players getting the chance to train with the first-team squad.

Some of the players called up have also been on the fringes of Steven Gerrard’s first-team squad and will be hoping to impress – while Ross McCrorie and Middleton are both regulars in the top team.

 

 

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