Rangers have secured the future of one of their brightest prospects, Ross McCausland, who has signed a new contract that will keep him at Ibrox until 2027. The 20-year-old Northern Ireland international has been in fine form this season, scoring four goals and providing three assists in 12 appearances for the club.
McCausland’s rise to prominence
McCausland joined the Rangers Academy from Northern Irish side Linfield in the summer of 2019 for £60,000. He quickly established himself as a key player for the B team, scoring 11 goals in 14 games in the Scottish Challenge Cup. He also impressed the first-team manager Philippe Clement, who gave him his senior debut in May 2022 as a substitute in a 3-1 win over Hearts.
Since then, McCausland has become a regular member of the first-team squad, featuring in both domestic and European competitions. He has shown his versatility by playing on both wings and as a central striker, and his pace, skill and finishing have earned him comparisons with former Rangers star Ryan Kent.
Clement’s praise for McCausland
Clement has been full of praise for McCausland, who he believes has a bright future ahead of him. He said: “Ross is a fantastic talent and we are delighted that he has committed his long-term future to Rangers. He has shown great potential and improvement since he joined us, and he has a lot of room to grow even more. He is a humble and hard-working lad, and he deserves all the success he is getting.”
The manager also revealed that the club had opened talks with McCausland a few weeks ago, and that the player was keen to stay at Ibrox. He said: “We have been in discussions with Ross and his agent for a while, and we are happy that we have reached an agreement. Ross loves the club and he wants to be part of our project. He knows that he has a great opportunity here to develop his game and to win trophies.”
McCausland’s international ambitions
McCausland has also made his mark on the international stage, earning his first cap for Northern Ireland in November 2023 against Finland. He has since become a regular for the under-21 side, scoring two goals in five games. He hopes to follow in the footsteps of his idol, David Healy, who is the all-time leading scorer for Northern Ireland with 36 goals.
McCausland said: “It’s a dream come true to play for my country, and I want to do my best to help them qualify for the World Cup. David Healy is my hero, and I hope to emulate his achievements someday. He has been very supportive of me, and he has given me some great advice. He told me to keep working hard, to enjoy every moment, and to always believe in myself.”
McCausland also thanked his family, his teammates, and the Rangers fans for their support. He said: “I’m very grateful to everyone who has helped me along the way, especially my parents, who have sacrificed a lot for me. I also want to thank the manager, the staff, and the players, who have been brilliant with me. And of course, I want to thank the fans, who have been amazing. They have welcomed me from day one, and they have always cheered me on. I hope to repay their faith in me by scoring more goals and winning more silverware for this great club.”