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GORDON DURIE reckons Charlie Telfer could be the next Rangers kid to make the grade in the first team if he keeps setting such high standards in the under-20 team.

 

The 18-year-old scored the winner with his sixth goal of the season yesterday as the Light Blues beat Inverness 2-1 in Dingwall.

 

Although Telfer is typically a ball-playing box-to-box midfielder, the bumpy surface at the Highland Football Academy made it difficult for him to operate the way he usually does.

 

Strong winds only added to the task yet he stood out once again with an energetic show which meant he thoroughly deserved his strike when it came.

 

Everyone on the youth staff at Murray Park has taken a real lift from the impact Calum Gallagher has made over the last few days.

 

As well as scoring as a substitute against Dunfermline at the weekend, striker Gallagher set up Fraser Aird’s opener in Monday’s Scottish Cup replay win over Albion Rovers.

 

Manager Ally McCoist has promised he’ll give Durie’s youngsters a chance in his own side with the League One title now secured.

 

And Durie is in no doubt he can make the same kind of impression as Gallagher has if he gets an opportunity to shine.

 

He said: “It was a tricky game for the wee man against Inverness. Charlie likes to get the ball down and play but the conditions weren’t really conducive to that.

 

“He has been great for us though. Calum has gone in and taken his chance in the last couple of games and the boys have all seen that.

 

“The gaffer has said he would give the boys a chance and he has stuck to that as he’s given Calum a chance.

 

“If Charlie keeps giving us performances like that and getting goals the way he has been, hopefully he’ll get his chance as well.”

 

Durie, meanwhile, has paid tribute to Ross Perry’s attitude towards making a return to football after he made a comeback in the Highlands.

 

The defender joined the under-20 squad as an over-aged player for the 400-mile, nine-hour round trip to Dingwall because he was so desperate to play again.

 

Perry has been out of the game for the last eight months after suffering a serious ankle injury at Brora which has needed two operations to correct.

 

Durie added: “Ross felt good and him getting 45 minutes was another bonus from the game for us. He has been training well in the last couple of weeks.

 

“He was keen to come up for the game and as we all know, it’s four and a half hours on a bus to Dingwall.

 

“That says something about how much he wanted to play and get himself going again and that will do him the world of good.”

 

http://www.rangers.co.uk/news/academy-news/item/6570-charlie-could-be-next

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