International Manager Thinks Rangers Have an “Exciting” and “Very Talented” Player

In what promises to be a landmark moment for Rangers winger Ross McCausland, the prospect of earning his first-ever senior Northern Ireland cap is on the horizon, eliciting commendation from manager Michael O’Neill who describes him as an “exciting young player.”

Despite a VAR review denying McCausland a maiden goal for Rangers in Sunday’s 2-0 victory over Livingston, the sheer quality of his finish left an indelible mark. The ball rattled into the roof of the net with searing finesse, showcasing the confidence of a young player in top form.

Under the management of Philippe Clement, McCausland has fearlessly answered every challenge thrown his way, earning praise from his coach. A senior Northern Ireland appearance during the November international break serves as a fitting reward for the exhilarating performances he has delivered in Rangers blue.

“I’m pleased he has made the breakthrough,” O’Neill expressed to the Daily Record. “Because it can be difficult for a young player at a club like Rangers. He’s an exciting young player. He just has to continue in the vein of form that he’s in. Certainly, a change in manager seems to have helped him, and he’s making the most of it. It’s up to him now, really. Can he stay in the team at Rangers?”

Reflecting on McCausland’s journey, O’Neill emphasized the importance of first-team experience in building self-belief. “Once you have that first-team experience, you gather belief in yourself. He’s not a boy who is short in confidence anyhow, so it’s good to have him in. He’s a confident lad who can add something.”

McCausland’s scintillating performance against Livingston, following an impressive showing off the bench against Sparta Prague in the Europa League, has sparked discussions about solving Rangers’ long-running right-wing issue without breaking the bank.

However, the realization of this potential hinges on McCausland committing to a new contract. O’Neill acknowledges the familiarity with McCausland’s development, stating, “We’ve known Ross right through (the various youth ranks). And we had him with the senior camp in the summer. There’s not a young player in the system that we don’t know well, and Ross is one who has been around for a number of years. From the academy right through the Under-17s, Under-19s, and Under-21s. He is a very talented boy.”