Three young Rangers players star in Northern Ireland U19 rout
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Three young Rangers players star in Northern Ireland U19 rout

There are plenty of Rangers academy players on youth international duty this week.

Three featured in the Scotland U21s victory over San Marino on Thursday evening, while some are also turning out for the U19s in a pair of friendlies against Japan.

Rangers attacker Glenn Middleton, who’s currently on loan at Hibs, scored for Scotland U21s. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Yet, Scotland aren’t the only country young Gers are representing. Former Reserves skipper Cammy Palmer is in action for Northern Ireland U21s, while a trio of starlets were in N.I’s U19 starting XI on Thursday night.

Those three are Chris McKee, Kyle McClelland and Danny Finlayson, and they all featured prominently in a 5-0 hammering of the Faroe Islands. 

McClelland in action for N.I U17s against Holland in March (Photo by Cees van Hoogdalem/Soccrates/Getty Images)

McClelland (17) and Finlayson (18) form a strong partnership at the back, and they helped keep a clean sheet in the challenge match at the Newry Showgrounds.

Yet, it was Chris McKee who made the biggest impact.

The 17-year-old striker scored two goals in the first half, ensuring that at 3-0, the result had already been secured by the interval.

It’s great for these youngsters to gain early experience at international level, and it’s particularly impressive that former Linfield youngster McKee is finding the target despite playing two years above his age group.

Hopefully, all three players will return to Auchenhowie better off for the week away and ready to kick on for the Gers.