Rangers news bulletin as upcoming star reveals Philippe Clement told him he’s going places

Robbie Fraser realised his Rangers dream after making his top team debut at Ibrox – as Leon King spoke of his delight at making his first start in a year.

Fraser replaced Ridvan Yilmaz in the 5-2 win over Dundee as he achieved his goal after coming through the club’s academy. And with a trip to Tynecastle to come on Saturday followed by a Scottish Cup final against Celtic at Hampden at the end of the month, the 21-year-old plans to keep “chipping away” to get more game time under boss Philippe Clement.

He told RangersTV: “That was a huge moment for me. Fourteen years at the club so I have been through it all. It is not only a huge moment for me but for my family, my friends and the people that are close to me. It is something you dream of as a young boy, coming on at Ibrox and to get three points in front of the fans, it doesn’t get much better. The gaffer just said that he believed in me, he liked what he saw, and he just said go and be positive and do what I’ve been doing. I felt I did that but, of course, I still look at my game and there’s moments to improve.

"I’ll keep chipping away like I have always done. I have been very patient, and it is something that I pride myself on, being patient, chipping away, keeping working hard and hopefully the rewards will come and it was a huge moment for me.”

Rangers had to come back from two goals down before eventually running out comfortable winners and Fraser said: “It shows there is real character, obviously you don’t want to be going behind in games because at this club it is all about trying to get in front and kill teams early, but we showed real bottle and to get a lot of goals was good. There are a huge couple of games coming up now and we will try and finish the league business off well and obviously heading into a huge cup final next week.”

King, also speaking to Rangers TV, said: “It was good in the end. We started the game well but then we gave them two easy goals which we could have done a lot better with, especially myself. I probably take the blame for the first goal as it was a mix up between myself and Ridvan at the back post.

“We bounced back well and had a great second half. The fans deserved goals and the three points and it was nice to get back to winning ways. It was brilliant to make my first start in a year. The gaffer said he wanted me to do what I had been doing in training and I would be fine. It was great to get that confidence booster. I am learning every day and I love every minute of being here and I wouldn't want to be anywhere else.”

Meanwhile, Rangers ace Billy Dodds has urged Scott Wright to show more belief that he belongs at Ibrox. Wright climbed off the bench to bag a double in the victory.

The winger has notched ten goals in 112 appearances since joining from Aberdeen in February 2021. However, he has failed to establish himself as a regular starter at Ibrox and Dodds reckons he’s not consistent enough to do so.

Wright, who almost moved to Turkish club Pendikspor last summer, is under contract next season but Dodds questions whether he will be in the club’s long-term plans. Dodds, speaking to BBC Sportsound, said: “Scott’s a confidence player, I know people who have worked with him and when he gets to a bigger club it’s like does he believe in himself?

“And he needs goals to make him believe and if he gets that belief there’s a player in there but he’s just not consistent enough at times, no belief. I quite like him as a player but is it at Rangers, I’m not so sure. They tried to shift him out the door to Turkey during the season as well.

“So he’s obviously not in the long-term plans but a really nice boy, probably too nice and he really thrives on confidence. Don’t get me wrong we were all confidence players but you’ve got to have this belief in yourself that I belong here first. And then if you can ally that with confidence, score goals and just realise I can do it at this level. I just think he doubts himself."