TOM WALSH admits he couldn’t believe his eyes when he saw his name listed as one of the substitutes for today’s game against Stirling Albion.

And after the final whistle he was floating on cloud nine having become one of the youngest players in Rangers’ history to make his top team debut.

The 16-year-old, who is not 17 until next July, replaced David Templeton in the 87th minutes with the score sitting at 1-0.

Andy Little doubled his side’s advantage at the death and although Walsh didn’t have enough time to show fans what he can do simply being on the pitch was a dream come true for the talented youngster.  

He said: “It was an unbelievable day with Rangers celebrating 140 years.

“I was watching the legends coming out on to the pitch at half time as we were warming up and it was amazing.

“So to firstly be on the bench and then to make my debut is pretty special.

“After the game I couldn’t believe I just played for Rangers Football Club.

“To see my name up on the board when we went in the dressing room about two hours before the game was a great feeling and I managed to send a quick text to a few people!

“It’ll all take a while to sink in but hopefully that’s the start now and I can kick on, work hard and see where it goes.”

Tom has impressed for the Reserves this season and has been training regularly with the first-team squad having caught Ally McCoist’s eye.

The pacey forward believes training with the top team stars has helped him improve and having now had a small taste of the big time he is hungry for more.

He said: “It’s been great for my progress and it can only help training with the first team players at the club.

“I love that and today being on the bench and getting the chance to play was brilliant.”

When Little scored his side’s second goal in front of the Copland Stand no fewer than six of his fellow Murray Park graduates joined him to celebrate.

And with Ross Perry, Fraser Aird, Darren Cole and Robbie Crawford also featuring throughout this season Walsh believes this highlights the importance of Murray Park to the club.

He added: “It just shows the strength of our youth system and there are obviously boys still to come back as well.

“It’s going to be tough for all of us to get a starting slot but hopefully I can just kick on now, that’s what I aim to do.”

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