Rangers v East Stirling preview
Player to be youngest since 1984
By Amanda Cornforth. Last Updated: January 23, 2008 10:26am
Smith: Faith in youth
Rangers manager Walter Smith is likely to feature youngster John Fleck in his side in Wednesday night's Scottish Cup fourth-round clash against East Stirling.
The 16-year-old, who is the nephew of former Rangers and Scotland forward Robert Fleck, will become the youngest player to wear the light blue jersey since Derek Ferguson in 1984.
Smith said: "Fleck won't start the game. He has been involved in the early part of the season but we felt it was better to let him settle down.
"He will play early for us, though. Sometimes some of the lads who come into the squad do so because of the Under 21 ruling but he is one who will be involved in our team.
"I don't know so much about this season but at some point and, depending on how the game goes, hopefully he can get a run-out (on Wednesday night)."
SearchGoalkeeper Roy Carroll could also feature as his return to the English Premier League remains on hold as Gers search for another keeper.
Derby have been keen to recruit the former Manchester United and West Ham shot-stopper.
Smith said: "We are having a problem getting another goalie and as soon as I get one, Roy can leave."
ReturnMeanwhile Scottish Division Three side East Stirling finally get the chance to face the Scottish Premier League leaders after the first game was postponed.
Shire will have Joe Savage back in the side after he missed Saturday's 2-2 draw with Albion Rovers whilst Gordon Moffat will miss the tie through injury.