Northern Ireland ended a disappointing European Championships qualifying campaign with a win but, for Rangers Ross McCausland, there will be mixed emotions.
The 20-year old has enjoyed a whirlwind few weeks since Phillipe Clement took charge as manager of the Ibrox outfit culminating with a call for his national side over the last week.
Not only did the Rangers academy graduate get the call up he would have dreamed of as a kid but Ross McCausland was named man of the match, unfortunately, there was to be no repeat of the fairytale against Denmark.
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Speaking after his international debut, the Gers winger couldn’t hide his excitement:
“It has been a dream from a very young age to make my senior Northern Ireland debut and to do that is a proud moment for me and my family.
“This week I was supposed to join up with the 21s and then David Currie gave me a phone call after the Livingston game and said ‘Michael wants to bring you in’, and I was so chuffed because I didn’t think I could get to a higher point than what I had been for that whole week – coming on in the Europa League a short while ago and then getting my first start for Rangers so I was buzzing.“
Football, as with most sports, has a habit of bringing players back down to earth with a thump and this is exactly what happened to Rangers next big hope Ross McCausland.
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Thankfully, a knock that he picked up turned out to not be as bad as first feared and he was able to take his place on the bench, however, that was as far as he got and he will be hoping that he did enough on his debut to impress Michael O’Neil.
To make matters worse, his replacement, Isaac Price, playing on McCausland’s customary right-hand side role, was the player who opened the scoring for Northern Ireland in what would serve as something of a reality check for the Gers youngster.
Philippe Clement has been impressed with the impact that McCausland has made for Rangers and it will be interesting to see who gets the nod against Aberdeen on Sunday.
As we have seen before with the Gers boss though, anyone not 100% won’t be starting and the Auchenhowie product could find himself in the same place he spent last night for his country.
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