Tom Walsh comments on Ibrox atmosphere after McCall handed him first start

Rangers teenager Tom Walsh felt he played well in his first start for the club against Livingston on Saturday.

New Rangers manager Stuart McCall handed young winger Tom Walsh his first Rangers start on Saturday - and the teenager has been discussing the game on the club's official website.

Walsh, 18, recently returned to Ibrox after a loan spell with Scottish League One side Stenhousemuir, where he scored twice in ten appearances.

It was therefore a huge surprise when McCall chose to throw Walsh in from the off against Livingston at Ibrox on Saturday, in a game which ended in a 1-1 draw.

Four draws in a row is obviously a concern for Rangers, for Walsh put in an encouraging display - one which has fans excited about the 18-year-old's future.

To make his full debut was a huge moment for Walsh, and he told the Rangers official website that he felt he played well, whilst trying not to be daunted by the 35,000-strong Ibrox crowd.

"I think I did some good things during the game. It was a new experience to be playing in front of a crowd like that. I think that there's things that I can improve on, but hopefully the manager sees that I can do a job for him," said Walsh.

"I thought to myself that there's no point in getting phased by it [the crowd] - when you are a young boy you play football for the chance to play in front of crowds like that. That's what players strive for, so there was no point in me dwelling on it, that's what I was there for."

"Hopefully I can get a run of games now and that I've done enough today to stay in the managers plans. I'll just have to wait and see and hopefully we can get a result on Tuesday night against Alloa," he added.

McCall was impressed with Walsh's performance in training ahead of the Livingston game, and believed that he would add a turn of pace to the Rangers attack.

If Rangers are to clinch a place in the Scottish Premiership next season, they will need to attack teams with pace - and Walsh appears to be one of McCall's preferred options to do just that.

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