Rangers have loaned out three of their prodigious talents – Kyle McClelland, Chris McKee and Adam Devine have all left the club on temporary deals.

The Gers Academy has been hit hard by the covid-19 restrictions in Scotland with lower-league football postponed since the end of 2020.

But with the easing of sporting restrictions by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon the Light Blues have now been afforded the chance to send some of their exciting young stars out on loan to continue their development in first-team football.

 

As confirmed on Rangers Youth Academy official Twitter, Devine and McClelland have joined League One clubs in Partick Thistle and Falkirk respectively, while McKee has linked up with League Two basement boys Brechin City.

The trio will now be hoping to force their way into the starting XI’s and make up for lost time, as all will have been hoping to move in January.

The three players will be joining teams with mixed fortunes.

Tough task for McKee

McKee looks to have got the raw end of the deal in that Brechin are sat rock-bottom of League Two with just four points from nine games, though the long break will have given them a good refresh ahead of the campaign’s elongated conclusion.

In complete contrast McClelland will be heading straight to the top of League One with his Falkirk side sitting pretty with 21 points from 11 games.

But Devine will be eyeing up top spot with Thistle only six points behind the table-toppers with a game in hand.

What will be more important to the Gers Academy and senior coaching staff will be how they adapt to senior football, especially in these testing times.

If one or a number of them can make a big difference to their teams that will cause Rangers staff to sit up and take notice with a view to potentially bringing them through the ranks to first-team football at Ibrox.

The onus is on them now.

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