A trio of Rangers starlets were involved in an impressive youth international victory for Northern Ireland over Kazakhstan on Tuesday.

The Gers B team lost a number of players to international duty, a sign of the level of talent currently in the youth setup at Auchenhowie.

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Rangers had a number of Academy starlets away on international duty, with several featuring for Northern Ireland U19s. (Photo by Willie Vass/Pool via Getty Images)

Three of those players – Lewis Mackinnon (centre-back), Charlie Lindsay (midfielder) and Ross McCausland (forward) – headed off to represent Northern Ireland U19s in European qualifiers.

The age-group side suffered defeat in their opening two matches of the block, losing 2-0 to both Denmark and the Czech Republic.

However, they showed great character to bounce back on Tuesday, recording a 2-1 victory over Kazakhstan.

NI took the lead through substitute Ciaran McGuckin and although Kazakhstan equalised almost instantly, a 74th-minute strike from another substitute, Oisin Conaty, would restore the advantage and ultimately secure victory.

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Mackinnon, Lindsay and McCausland all played the full 90 minutes, with Mackinnon and McCausland picking up bookings early in the second half [FlashScore.co.uk].

The win should be a nice confidence-booster ahead of their return to action at Rangers.

The U19s have the second leg of their UEFA Youth League clash with Swedish youth champions Hammarby next week and will be back in Lowland League action a few days later in a rearranged fixture against Caledonian Braves.

In case you missed it, here are three things we learned from the UYL first leg in Dumbarton.

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