Rangers youngster Tom Walsh: I didn’t expect it to be like this

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Tom Walsh has explained that his breakthrough season at Rangers has gone far beyond his expectations.

Young midfielder Tom Walsh has explained to the Rangers website how much this season has surprised him.

The 18-year-old made his first-team debut three years ago as a substitute, but has only recently broken into side on a regular basis under Stuart McCall.

Walsh started the season on loan at Stenhousemuir and made a positive impression upon his return whilst playing under Ian Durrant in the U-20s, where he finally forced his way into the first-team.

He is now a nominee for Rangers’ Young Player of the Year award, although he is backing Andy Murdoch for the prize, insisting: “It’s an honour to be nominated and it's nice to get a bit of recognition for being involved with the first team.”

Since his first appearance of the season against Queen of the South in the 1-1 draw at the beginning of March, the midfielder has made seven further appearances, including four starts.

Those eight appearances can be added to the 10 he made for Stenhousemuir, scoring two goals, but Walsh was an unused substitute in the play-off quarter final first-leg on Saturday.

Walsh has been surprised by his progress at Rangers this season, having started the season away from Ibrox, but he’s now looking forward to potentially playing a part in the rest of Rangers’ play-off campaign.

He said: "I didn't really expect it to be like this at the start of the season because a lot of things have changed throughout the season, with the managers leaving and with me being out on loan.

"I didn't really know whether it was going to happen for me this year, whether I'd break through or not, but luckily enough it has and it's turned out to be quite a good season for me personally."

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