By Azeem Siddiqui

4th Jul, 2022 | 9:00am

Kyle McClelland opens up about reasons for leaving Rangers

Kyle McClelland has revealed that he decided to leave Rangers after finding it “hard” to break into the first-team XI.

The 20-year-old signed a three-year deal with Hibernian FC with the hope of getting a Premiership breakthrough, initially starting in their reserves set-up.

McClelland turned down a contract extension at Rangers before committing his future elsewhere and explained that it was frustrating not being able to have a chance of showcasing the talent at the highest level.

“Rangers is a massive club but as a young player you can get lost in that,” he was quoted by Daily Record. “It can be hard. But that’s in the past now and I’m here to focus on the next three years. It’s a fresh start.

“It was easy to make the decision but at the same time, it was difficult. I’d been there since I was seven.  It’s frustrating as a young boy. You do everything you can in training but it’s hard to try and play with Rangers.

“Trying to get through into the first team was quite a struggle. I spoke to Rangers and knew the plan — it was maybe a year extension and to go on loan and see how I got on.

“But I thought I’d make the call, step my game up again and try to get first-team football so I did that.”

Strange

Rangers are coming on the back of an impressive season where they reached the finals of the Europa League, won the Scottish Cup and finished second-best to Celtic in the Scottish league.

After such a season, the expectation is to build on that and find a way to improve the squad in the next transfer window.

However, that has not been the case with the Gers are they are now at the cusp of witnessing a mass exodus where key players are expected to leave the club after entering into their final 12 months of the contract.  

Therefore, it would be definitely a setback to see a youngster like McClelland leave the club at a time when he might have a serious chance of getting more first-team minutes under his belt next season.

In a long season where Rangers will be participating in multiple events, to have a squad where youngsters are willing to give their all would’ve been ideal.

But with McClelland leaving the club because of not getting enough chances to play at the highest level, it is perhaps time that Rangers’ top-tier management must look into detail where they’ve gone wrong and how can they fix this issue in the future.

In other Rangers news, contract talks with a key player have hit a new impasse with a summer exit now on the cards.