By Peter Lynch

20th Nov, 2023 | 1:10pm

Ross McCausland now undroppable for Rangers and Northern Ireland as Michael Beale failure underlined

Rangers winger Ross McCausland really has enjoyed a rapid rise in senior football, with the 20-year-old attracting a lot of attention for his displays.

He really didn’t get a look in at Ibrox under Michael Beale, with the manager instead opting to rely on his many summer signings.

In the end, that proved to be a costly decision, with the boss losing his job after the club’s very disappointing start to the new season.

His replacement Philippe Clement has now come in and taken things by storm, with his decision to hand youngster McCausland plenty of responsibility underlining a failure from his predecessor. That is because McCausland has shone this season, not only for Rangers but also for Northern Ireland.

Injuries to Michael O’Neill’s side forced the national team boss into a late call-up for McCausland for the meetings with Finland and Denmark this month.

And that proved to be a great decision, with the winger voted as his team’s Player of the Match on his debut in the defeat to Finland on Friday (17 November).

Given that display and indeed the ongoing injury crisis, McCausland is almost certain to start once again in the clash against Denmark on Monday (20 November).

And after being given his first Gers start by Clement in the recent league win over Livingston, McCausland should be confident of keeping his starting place for the upcoming clash with Aberdeen.

The 20-year-old netted a superb goal in the 2-0 win against Livingston, only for VAR to rule it out due to a foul by his teammate Abdallah Sima.

He is full of confidence, and that should be capitalised on by Clement when the Gers make the trip to Aberdeen in the league on Sunday (26 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.