Rangers youngster Tom Walsh insists upcoming season is make or break for Ibrox career

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The Glasgow Rangers winger will be hoping to force his way into Mark Warburton's plans this season.

Rangers' Tom Walsh (L) in action with St Mirren's Cameron HowiesonRangers' Tom Walsh

Tom Walsh has admitted that this upcoming season is make or break for his Rangers career after several years on the periphery of the first-team, the Evening Times reports.

The 19-year-old has spent nearly a decade with the Light Blues, and has made 10 league appearances for the club since making his debut in 2012, with just one of those games coming since current manager Mark Warburton arrived last summer.

But having spent the majority of the last two seasons out on loan, and with his current contract at Ibrox about to enter its final year, the winger has conceded that he simply has to prove himself this term.

Rangers' Tom Walsh in action with Motherwell's Marvin Johnson

"This is a make or break year for me. I have one year left on my contract. I would love to earn another one and hopefully it's here," he told the Evening Times.

"I know it's going to be tough with a lot of big names and good players coming in. I've just got to do my best and hopefully it's good enough to catch the manager's eye."

Although the depth within the squad would suggest that Walsh's task of making it into the first-team is going to be a considerable one, especially considering that the Gers are back in the Scottish Premiership, the emergence of Barrie McKay since Warburton took over should give the youngster plenty of belief.

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

Like Walsh, McKay's career appeared to take a sideways, if not backward, step when he was sent out on loan for a couple of seasons despite previously being handed first-team opportunities.

However, the 21-year-old has come back into the fold and cemented himself as a key man for the team. His exciting performances have also seen him earn international recognition.

And Walsh has agreed that he can look at McKay's path to the first-team and be optimistic about his own chances.

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

"Absolutely, he's an inspiration. The gaffer said that to me; everyone has to look at Barrie - not just at Rangers, but throughout Scottish football," he added.

Having taken an eerily similar path to the one that McKay has been down recently, Gers supporters will certainly be hoping that Walsh is capable of replicating the impact that his teammate has made since returning to the first-team. And if he does that, he should have no problem earning a new deal.

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