At just the tender age of 16, both Lyon and McCrorie put in excellent shifts for their team at Ibrox, and their efforts did not go unnoticed by their gaffer.

Durrant said: “They’ve been excellent. Being only 16 in their first year, I thought they were excellent. It’s a great learning experience for them playing at Ibrox.

“That’s what you take out of the game now, getting used to playing in that environment. You have to be brave to play here, whatever level you play at. They came in, deserved their chance and they’ll push on in the 20s now, without a doubt.”

He continued: “It doesn’t matter what age or what size you are – that doesn’t bother me – if they are good enough then they will get a chance. If the boys are doing their business in training then they are deserve that chance.”

Another under-20s star, Andy Murdoch, is beginning to reap the rewards of his efforts by turning out for the Gers first-team. And Durrant was quick to praise the former Reserve team captain, insisting that Murdoch deserves to be there.

He said: “It’s excellent. He deserves his chance, he has worked hard. He’s a lovely boy, great about the place, he’s been captain of the reserves this year but he’s pushed on and hopefully now he can get a sustained run in the first-team. It’s well deserved for Andy.”


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