Rangers boss Mark Warburton discusses the message he's trying to send to the club's youngsters following Liam Burt's first-team debut

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The 17-year-old was brought on during the closing stages of the Light Blues' Scottish Championship clash with Raith on Tuesday.

Mark Warburton has told Rangers' official website that he is hoping that Liam Burt's debut for the first-team will act as a message to the club's youngsters that there is a pathway available to them at Ibrox.

The 17-year-old came on for Andy Halliday during the final 10 minutes of the Gers' 2-0 victory over Raith on Tuesday, and Warburton explained that his inclusion was a reward for his fine form for the youth teams, and should encourage those hoping to follow in the youngster's footsteps.

"Young Liam Burt got on against Raith Rovers, he has been doing really well for the under-17s and under-20s," he told the club's official website.

"Hopefully the message goes out that if you do well in the academy, you'll get your chance."

While the prospect of the title race may have tempted Warburton to stick with the majority of the players who have featured for most of the campaign, rather than turn to untested players that have been shining in the development sides, Tuesday's results may give him the confidence to select the youngsters more regularly in the remaining nine games of the season.

Hibernian's surprise loss to Queen of the South means that the Gers have moved 14 points clear, and thus, have plenty of breathing space which will allow the academy starlets to come in and arguably play without the pressure of worrying what a mistake may mean for the club's chances of returning to the Scottish Premiership.

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