Five exciting Rangers starlets could feature in pre-season fixtures after being snapped in training.

The first-team squad, minus a number of internationals, returned to Auchenhowie on Monday for gym work and fitness.

Supporters were buzzing to see long-term absentee Niko Katic back at it, while key men like James Tavernier, Connor Goldson, Allan McGregor and Steven Davis were all also present.

It wasn’t just first-team regulars reporting for duty, though, with a handful of talented young players also featuring in the training gallery uploaded by the club in the evening [].

Robby McCrorie, Lewis Mayo, Leon King, Ben Williamson and Stephen Kelly all took part.

Of the quintet, only 17-year-old centre-back King, who has made two first-team appearances, didn’t spend time out on loan last season.

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Leon King is one of five exciting Rangers starlets who could feature in pre-season fixtures. (Photo by Rob Casey / SNS Group via Getty Images)

McCrorie and Kelly both played in the Premiership with Livingston and Ross County respectively, while Mayo and Williamson turned out in the second tier for Dunfermline and Arbroath.

It wouldn’t be a major shock if all five eventually headed out on temporary deals for 2021/22, and Williamson has already been linked with Livingston [Daily Record].

However, it’s possible that they will first get chances to impress in a Rangers shirt over the coming weeks.

The Gers will take on Partick Thistle, Tranmere Rovers, Arsenal and Blackpool in pre-season, with at least one more fixture soon likely be confirmed, and there’ll be plenty of squad rotation.

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Stephen Kelly is back at Rangers after a successful loan at Ross County. (Photo by Ross MacDonald/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Furthermore, with the likes of Glen Kamara, Alfredo Morelos and Filip Helander all due back late, there’s currently less competition for places than usual.

Of those named here, McCrorie and Kelly are probably the best equipped to slot in, given the experience they’ve built up over recent seasons, but Mayo played in last year’s Veolia Trophy and all five may feature at some stage if they show enough in training.

Two pacy young wingers may have already left Ibrox on loan by the time the pre-season fixtures begin, though.

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