Rangers rookies Ciaran Dickson and Leon King have been spotted in club training ahead of the crunch match with Benfica in the Europa League.

Both players are yet to make their first-team debut, but this is an incredible opportunity for the two youngsters – who have a combined age of 34 – to test themselves with the first-team.

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Ciaran Dickson was named amongst the substitutes as Rangers drew 3-3 with Benfica. (Photo by Jose Manuel Alvarez/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

But beyond just training with the senior squad, could both players be involved in the matchday squad for the visit of the Portuguese giants?

Due to Covid-19 protocols clubs in European competition can name an extended bench this season with young Dickson, 18, named amongst the substitutes for the 3-3 draw in Lisbon.

With the likes of Ryan Jack a doubt for the match and South African international Bongani Zungu definitely ruled out there is a spot midfielder Dickson could fill this evening.

 

The sight of Leon King, 16, on the bench may also excite Rangers fans with the club said to have pulled off a major coup in securing the talented centre-back on a professional deal.

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Rangers must have offered a pathway into the first-team in order to secure the signing of King – who was interesting the likes of Liverpool, Chelsea and Man City [Daily Record]  – with involvement in the squad for a game of this magnitude certainly a positive sign for the kid.

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Rangers kid Leon King will also be hoping to be involved as he eyes a first appearance for the Glasgow club. (Photo by Rob Casey / SNS Group via Getty Images)

Whilst it is nailed-on both Rangers rookies won’t the start the match, their appearance in training and Dickson’s matchday involvement in Portugal suggests there could be a place for them on the bench.

Dickson and King were also snapped alongside another Rangers youngster who has found chances at a premium ever since breaking into the side in 2018.

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