Rangers' academy boss Craig Mulholland names four youngsters he's hoping will make impression in first-team next season

General view during the match

Glasgow Rangers boss Mark Warburton will be assessing the state of the squad at Ibrox ahead of their Scottish Premiership return.

Rangers manager Mark Warburton celebrates at the end of the matchRangers manager Mark Warburton

Rangers academy chief Craig Mulholland has told the club's official website that Ryan Hardie, Jordan Thompson, Liam Kelly and Ross McCrorie are ready to challenge for a role in the Gers' first-team next season.

Though Mark Warburton has frequently relied upon the experienced members of the squad like Kenny Miller and Lee Wallace to lead the side this past season, he has not been afraid to give several younger players starring roles during a campaign which has seen them secure their promotion back to the Scottish Premiership.

Rangers players celebrate after winning the penalty shootout

And despite the fact that the Light Blues will be coming up against tougher opposition next term, Mulholland has tipped the quartet to impress in the coming months and go on to make an impression in Warburton's squad.

"The ones that we are hopeful about are the likes of Ryan Hardie, Jordan Thompson, Liam Kelly and Ross McCrorie - these players benefitted from the loan last year and hopefully will impress in pre-season and catch the manager's eye and play a part in the first-team squad," he told the club's official website.

Rangers' manager Mark Warburton (L) and assistant manager David Weir

It was Warburton's decision to give Barrie McKay a chance at the start of this campaign that helped uncover a star that will surely be a key man in the squad in the top flight next season.

Though the winger had been a regular in the first-team before Warburton arrived at Ibrox, he was allowed to leave on loan in both of the two campaigns that preceded the former Brentford boss being given the job, which suggested that he had fallen a long way down the pecking order. 

Barry McKay celebrates with James Tavernier after scoring the second goal for Rangers

However, those loan spells have done the 21-year-old the world of good it seems, as his form was a crucial reason why the team enjoyed so much success this past season.

And with the four players that Mulholland tipped for bright futures all enjoying promising loan spells in recent times, it appears that it would be wrong to write off their chances of emulating the impact McKay has made. 

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