The Gers won 3-1 away from Ibrox as goals from Cedric Itten, Alex Lowry and Cole McKinnon secured the three points to end the league season in second place.
Lowry and McKinnon, both academy graduates, scored for the first time in the Scottish top-flight and they were not the only youngsters out on the pitch as Leon King, Adam Devine, Charlie McCann, Tony Weston, and Ross McCausland also got minutes.
Van Bronckhorst mixed in a few of the more experienced heads alongside them as Steven Davis captained the side in the middle of the park.
He is out of contract this summer and the dream heir to his place in the squad can be unearthed in one of the B team gems – McCann.
Davis may be on his way out of the club at the end of the season and Rangers can instantly replace him without bringing in a new signing by promoting the 20-year-old – signed from Manchester United in 2021 – into the first-team set-up on a regular basis.
Northern Ireland boss Ian Baraclough recently claimed that the midfielder will be “desperate” to get game time in his bid to make it at senior level and he got his chance off the bench against Hearts at the weekend.
Journalist Mark McDougall has dubbed him a “terrific footballer” and he showed glimpses of his quality in the Premiership clash.
In 45 minutes on the pitch, McCann won 100% (3/3) of his individual duels as he made three tackles in midfield – as per SofaScore. He also completed 87% of his passes and only gave possession away four times in the second half as he showcased both his tenacity and his quality on the ball.
Davis, meanwhile, has completed 88% of his attempted passes in the league this season and made 1.9 tackles and interceptions per game. Both players are comfortable passers of the ball who can also win possession back to set their team away on the pitch, at the opposite sides of their respective careers.
Of course, it is now down to McCann to impress in pre-season and prove that he can do it consistently, as Davis has, as he gains more experience at his young age to nail down a spot on the Rangers bench. His performance against Hearts is, hopefully, a sign of things to come and should give van Bronckhorst an indication that he already has the heir to the other Northern Irishman in the squad.
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