The striker is one of eight youngsters who went out on loan from Ibrox before the transfer window closed at the end of August.

Having had a brief taste of senior football in the Third Division in April 2013 at the age of just 16, he’s relishing playing in the league above with the Blues.

Stoney has only made two starts since going to Stair Park but has also come off the bench on eight occasions.

He’s finally reaping his rewards there and after a first senior goal against Peterhead at the end of last month, he struck again on Saturday in a 3-1 win over Ayr United.

The conditions of Stoney’s temporary deal mean he’s also allowed to feature for Gordon Durie’s under-20s.

The 18-year-old is excelling at that level too and has scored three times in recent outings against Inverness Caledonian Thistle in the league and Spartans in the SFA Youth Cup.

Turning out regularly for different teams presents obvious challenges but the teenager believes he’s handling them in the right way.

Stoney, who turned out for Rangers in last night’s 1-0 Development League win at St Johnstone, said: “It has been a bit different for me this season but I’m really enjoying it.

“The step up to League One with Stranraer has been tough because I’ve been playing against men, whereas there are more boys in the Development League.

“It has been good for me though. It’s getting me a lot of experience at a couple of different levels.

“All I need to do is work hard for whatever team I’m in. When I go away to Stranraer, I just need to do the same thing.

“I think my attitude is changing slightly. I’m working hard off the ball and I’m working for the team now whereas I was maybe slightly lazy before.

“Before I was wanting to get on the ball and dribble but I’m doing a lot more on the defensive side of the game.

“If I play with Rangers on Tuesdays and I’m getting two games a week I’ll be happy with that. It will get my match fitness up and keep me involved.”

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