Former Man City starlet Kane Ritchie-Hosler has been spotted training with the Rangers first team as part of Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s first session with the squad.
The talented young attacker, 19, was being put through his paces alongside the rest of the team as the Dutch coach runs the rule over the players at his disposal.
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The youngster could be visibly seen taking part in a rondo with his teammates as part of RangersTV’s exclusive video of the club’s first training session.
Kane Ritchie-Hosler has been heavily involved with the B side this season as they continue to impress amid a hectic schedule in the Lowland League, scoring twice in the competition this season.
The ex-Man City kid left his boyhood club to join the Rangers Academy in the summer of 2019 and the youngster has progressed over the course of the last two seasons.
This includes a loan stint at SPFL League One Clyde last season and the young forward will have been doing everything to attract the attention of the watching Dutch coaches.
A versatile player whohas been traditionally employed as a winger, Hosler has also been trialled in central midfield and as a right-back recently, coming off the bench to fill the RB slot in the 5-1 hammering of Broomhill over the weekend.
This isn’t the first time the kid has been spotted in training ahead of a Europa League clash, with Kane also in training ahead of the last game at Ibrox against Brondby.
Ex-Man City Kane Ritchie-Hosler not the only Rangers youngster in training
Kane Ritchie-Hosler also wasn’t the only B Team youngster to be spotted in the training video either, with ex-Man Utd midfielder Charlie McCann and Colombian youth striker Juan Alegria also visible.
It’s an exciting time for the Academy at Rangers and fans are well aware of several young talents impressing in the youth ranks as of late.
New manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst has also admitted that if players show they’re committed, then he won’t be afraid to utilise youth.
“I like players to work hard and show me and show the club they want to play and do everything possible to be very good in training and games,” said van Bronckhorst [Rangers].
“It’s a new beginning for them. I’m a coach who will give confidence to everyone who is working no matter if you or young or old.
“If you are good enough for me you can play so it’s a new beginning for us.
“I love working with young talent because I know they work hard to achieve their goals. I had the same when I was at Feyenoord and started as a seven-year-old and worked through to the first team.
“I know the feeling of the players in the Academy so I will have a look at the talent that is available and coming up and if they are good enough, I will use them.”
Whilst the comments offer encouragement to the likes of McCann, Alegria and Kane Ritchie-Hosler, they are especially pertinent to a young pair closer to the Ibrox first-team.
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