Rangers' Gregg Wylde aims to follow Charlie Adam example

David Weir (second left) in training
Weir (second left) is one of those looking to impress against Liverpool

Gregg Wylde would love to follow in the footsteps of Charlie Adam and become a success in England's top flight after leaving Rangers.

The Scotland Under-21 winger is poised to face his senior international colleague when Rangers host Liverpool in a Tuesday friendly.

"Hopefully I can do that in my career," the 20-year-old said of Adam's move from Ibrox to Anfield via Blackpool.

"But I'm happy to play with Rangers and that's the most important thing."

Like Adam, Wylde has come through Rangers' youth system to force his way into the first team.

"I'm just concentrating on playing for Rangers because I'm a Rangers fan and hopefully I can stay here for longer," he said.

"Charlie had been here since he was a wee boy and now he has moved on to better things with Blackpool and Liverpool."

Wylde believes the mid-season friendly at Ibrox will be a worthwhile exercise.

"We can take a lot out of it," said the winger who signed a contract extension in August.

"We played Chelsea at the start of the season and I was unfortunate not to play in it, but hopefully I can get a shot tomorrow and get a run-out against some of the best players in the Premiership."

Rangers winger Gregg Wylde
Wylde hopes to face the big-money players from Anfield

Wylde's view that it will help the Scottish Premier League leaders get over the disappointment of suffering a last-minute equaliser at home to St Mirren on Saturday was echoed by assistant manager Kenny McDowall.

McDowall also believes it provides a chance for some players to stake a claim for a place in boss Ally McCoist's plans after the side missed out on securing a 10th consecutive league win.

Captain David Weir, who has so far been unable to force his way back into the team after recovering from injury, is one of those likely to face Kenny Dalglish's side as Rangers seek to compensate financially from the loss of European gate and appearance money.

"It's a great opportunity for some of the guys who have not been getting match-time at first-team level," he said.

"We can hopefully get a few of them into the team.

"For the younger players involved, it's a fantastic experience for them to be playing against Liverpool.

"They are a fantastic side and it's the kind of calibre of game that you would like to get them experience in, so we are looking forward to it."

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