KYLE McAUSLAND hopes he has done enough to play his way into Ally McCoist’s plans for the trips to England and the continent after impressing on Rangers’ northern tour.

The defender has come into the first-team squad this summer after spending most of last term on loan at Ayr United, where he was a regular for the Honest Men.

McAusland turned out in an unfamiliar defensive midfield role against Brora on Sunday and made a big impact on his debut for the club, playing a part in both of Lewis Macleod’s goals.

He made his first start last night in the 1-0 victory against Elgin and again performed well in a 45-minute outing.

Manager McCoist will finalise his group for the next phase of the summer programme and McAusland hopes to be involved.

Gers play Bristol City at Ashton Gate on Saturday before games against FC Gutersloh in Germany and Emmen in Holland.

McAusland said: “It has been a really good spell for me and I was pleased to make my first-team debut for the club on Sunday.

“It was great to start against Elgin as well and I feel I’ve played well over the two games so hopefully that stands me in good stead for the rest of pre-season.

“I was happy to play a part in the two goals we scored at the weekend and the hope is I can stick with the squad for the next trips now.

“The gaffer said after the Elgin game he’d let us know in the next day or so who is going to be in the group for Bristol and Germany.

“I feel as if I’ve done okay so hopefully I’ll get the call and I can take things on from there over the next few days.”

In the time before he went out to Ayr temporarily, McAusland had played as a striker, a centre half and a right-back for Rangers at youth and reserve levels.

As such, it has been surprising to see the 20-year-old operate in a holding role but he has taken to it well so far.

McAusland added: “My loan at Ayr has done me a world of good and playing first-team football every week was a great experience.

“The fact I’ve been playing as a holding midfielder has come as a surprise to me as well as most other people.

“But you’re obviously never going to say no to pulling on a jersey for Rangers and I’ve enjoyed turning out there.

“It’s a new position so it’s going to take me a little bit of time to get used to it but it’s good to get on the ball and try to make stuff happen.”

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