After Alex McLeish said that Rangers have taken “immense strides” under Gerrard, is this a hint that he’s looking at Rangers’ homegrown players for his next squad?
Rangers have traditionally supplied some of the best players in the National Team. As Scotland transition into a new era under ex-Rangers boss McLeish, the former Aberdeen hero will be looking at Gerrard’s progress very closely.
That might mean opportunities for these players as the UEFA Nation’s League and European Championship Qualifiers get underway.
What a signing McGregor has been for Rangers so far. The 36-year-old keeper and Rangers diehard was Hull City’s Player of the Season last year and is a commanding, assured presence in the Rangers goal. He is Alex McLeish and Scotland’s current first choice number one, much to the dismay of Old Firm rival Craig Gordon.
Ryan Jack has been a dynamic, boisterous and creative option in midfield so far for Rangers. He can be the exact same for Scotland. He made his only Scotland appearance against Holland last year to a mixed reception from a frosty Pittodrie crowd. He’s looking like a top player and could well be the fulcrum of this new look Scotland side.
Murphy made his first two appearances under McLeish earlier this year and expect him to become a regular figure in the squad. He has been less effective since right footed Flanagan has been placed behind him but the inside forward remains a useful choice for both club and country.
The youngster may have shown immaturity at the weekend, but he has a big future in the Scottish game. A mobile, tough tackling player who likes to put our fires, he will be useful player for Rangers and Scotland in the future. McLeish will just be waiting for the right time to call the 20-year-old up.
Eighteen and already in the Rangers first team, this stocky, direct, creative young winger is a shoe-in for a Scotland cap. Especially since he chose the Scotland U21s over the English and has impressed in his four appearances. He’s broke into the Rangers first team and although Gerrard’s taking it slowly with him, expect McLeish to be watching.