By Peter Lynch

18th Nov, 2023 | 11:10am

Rangers: Ross McCausland spurred on by West Ham United man Callum Marshall as ‘dream’ achieved in last 24 hours

Rangers youngster Ross McCausland has enjoyed a rapid rise recently, with the youngster impressing under new manager Philippe Clement.

The winger was handed his first club start in the Scottish Premiership match with Livingston on Sunday (12 November), with that milestone immediately followed up by a first start for his country.

Having only just called McCausland up to the senior squad for the first time on Tuesday (14 November), Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill wasted no time in his progression, with the winger handed a first start for his country against Finland on Friday (17 November).

The 20-year-old has clearly worked very hard to reach this stage at such a young age, but he has also pointed to inspiration from some compatriots, including West Ham’s Callum Marshall and Nottingham Forest’s Dale Taylor, with the latter currently on loan at Wycombe Wanderers.

“I think the main goal for me is that I want to make my first team debut,” McCausland said while training with his country during the current break, as per the official Northern Ireland Twitter account (17 November). “I think that should be everybody’s dream, it’s a no-brainer. So I would like to hopefully maybe make that someday.

“Being close to people who have been around the setup and made their debut, the likes of Callum and Dale, there are loads of them, I think that spurs you on and makes you think that maybe there is a chance.”

Perhaps McCausland’s dream arrived a little earlier than he expected, but if he can impress O’Neill during this international break, plenty more caps will undoubtedly arrive in the near future.

Northern Ireland finish their Euro 2024 qualifying campaign with a home match against Denmark on Monday (19 November).

In other Rangers news, a journalist has predicted there to be “no shortage of takers” for one Gers ace if new contract talks “prove difficult” for the player.