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Teenage breakthrough star at Rangers aware of what he has to do next

Tom Walsh has been speaking to Rangers' official website and expressed a desire continue his impressive start to life in the first-team ranks.

Tom Walsh is leading the way for the other youngsters at Ibrox by taking his chance in the first-team under Stuart McCall.

McCall gave the 18-year-old his full debut in the game against Livingston, after impressing the new manager during his substitute appearance when Rangers drew against Queen of the South.

The young midfielder has been operating on the left and right, and so far has impressed with his energetic displays in the Scottish Championship.

The performances of Walsh will give McCall confidence that other youngsters can come into the team and make a difference, with the Rangers boss looking to explore his options as his team continue to stutter through a run of poor form.

Speaking to the Rangers official club website the youngster from Kilmarnock admitted that it has been a whirlwind couple of weeks as he adjusts to being a senior performer.

“Sometimes I need to pinch myself because of the stage I’m at but I feel as if this is the where I should be but that doesn’t make it any less surreal,” Walsh told Rangers TV.

“So as long as I keep appreciating it and not taking it for granted and knowing that I have to impress in every game then I will be ok.

“I’m just delighted to make a breakthrough and I hope it can continue.

“The new manager has said to me to just go and play and show no fear and go and get at them.

“I’ve been out on the left or right so my role is to go and get at defences and try and create things and get balls in the box.

“Of course that is why you play, to play in the first team and I’m just enjoying every minute and I want to keep trying to impress.

“I thrive on playing in front of the crowd, I think it’s great and it’s a great experience and it’s where you want to be so you have to make the most of it."

Walsh joins Andy Murdoch in the squad as the youngsters continue to provide hope for Rangers fans, proving that there is a bright crop of younger players ready to drive the club forward in the coming years as they strive for a Scottish Premiership return.

McCall has consistently spoken about watching the younger players in training with a view to using them in the upcoming games, the first of which is against second-placed Hibernian on Sunday.

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