JORDAN HOUSTON hopes the next crop of Auchenhowie kids can follow the trail being set by David Bates and Myles Beerman to the Rangers first team.
The defenders have made three appearances for Pedro Caixinha’s side in recent weeks and could be handed their Old Firm bows at Hampden on Sunday.
Houston has his own derby clash to savour when he skippers the Under-17s in the Glasgow Cup final tonight and the stopper is eager to catch the eye at Firhill.
He said: “I have been lucky to have had the chance to train with the first team as well and to see the boys in the side gives everyone a bit of inspiration to push on.
“The chance is there and when it is you have to take it. We need to keep performing.
“I have been round a couple of times recently. It is always hard when a new manager comes it but you just need to do your best to impress and hopefully you catch his eye.
“He has shown that he is willing to give younger players a chance so if we keep performing hopefully we get a chance. There is nothing stopping us.
“Myles and David are top professionals and they are really grounded. They are not big-headed at all. They are just doing their jobs and it is great to see them doing well.”
Rangers have lost the last three Glasgow Cup finals to their Old Firm rivals and were beaten 4-0 on home soil twelve months ago.
But Houston is determined to make amends for that defeat and take the silverware back to Ibrox once again.
He said: “I played last year and it was a tough one to take for us.
“We were so dominant throughout the season but then fell apart in the final. We are stronger this season definitely so hopefully we can win it this time.
“It was a big learning curve at Ibrox and we have definitely thought about how we can improve.
“We are confident this year so hopefully we can bring it back to Rangers because it has been a long time and it is long overdue.”