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Rangers: Giovanni Van Bronchorst must stick with Charlie McCann

Scottish giants Rangers are back in action away to Hearts on Saturday afternoon, with Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s Ibrox side hoping to pick up where they lift off prior to the recent international break, having got back to winning ways with victory over Dundee United.

After three successive defeats – in which the Old Firm side shipped 11 goals with no reply – that triumph over the Tangerines somewhat lifted the doom and gloom surrounding the Glasgow side, with the Gers now just two points off the Hoops in the Scottish Premiership table.

A key factor in securing that much-needed three points had been the manager’s brave call to throw in the youthful pairing of Leon King and Charlie McCann, with the exciting duo both more than taking their chance, having been lauded by the former Feyenoord boss post-match.

McCann, in particular, shone on what was his first start for the club, having previously made just a handful of substitute appearances since his £750k arrival from Manchester United last summer.

Having impressed for the Gers’ ‘B’ team – for whom he has six goal involvements in just ten games to date – the Northern Ireland youth international was more than deserving of a shot at senior level, with it seemingly only right that he keeps his place in the side against Robbie Neilson’s side this weekend.

That full debut had seen the midfielder sparkle in a playmaking role behind striker Antonio Colak, notably registering two key passes and enjoying a respectable 84% pass accuracy rate in what was an encouraging 90-minute outing.

That eye-catching performance saw the 20-year-old dubbed a “very, very good player” by none other than club legend Kenny Miller, with the former Scotland striker also describing him as a “really good technical player, really intelligent footballer.”

That glowing praise is a marker of the youngster’s obvious talent, having previously impressed in the youth ranks at Old Trafford, registering eight goal involvements in just 21 games at U21 level for the Red Devils.

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While summer signing Malik Tillman has largely operated in that creative berth in Van Bronckhorst’s side in the early weeks of the season – making 12 appearances in all competitions thus far – the United States international should well be kept on the bench on Saturday, with McCann having earned the right to secure another start.