Rangers midfielder explains reason for switch in international allegiance

Charlie McCann has revealed he decided to change his international allegiance for the second time in his fledgling career after talks with Northern Ireland provided him with all the assurances he was seeking for his future.

The Coventry-born Rangers midfielder represented England at under-16 level before switching to play for Republic of Ireland under-17s when he was with Manchester United’s youth academy.

McCann, who moved to Rangers in a £750,000 deal last summer, this week pledged his international future to Northern Ireland with whom he is likely to be fast-tracked into their under-21 set-up.

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“I spoke to the staff at Northern Ireland and another few people and everything I have been told has been really positive,” said the 19-year-old. “They have given me really positive feedback and told me all the things that I want to be hearing. It sounds like it’s going to be a great adventure.”

Rangers midfielder Charlie McCann made his first team debut in the Scottish Cup tie against Annan Athletic in February. (Photo by Rob Casey / SNS Group)
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McCann has been a stand-out performer for Rangers B team in the Lowland League this season and has been a regular member of the first team's matchday squad in recent weeks.

He was handed his senior debut as a substitute in the 3-0 Scottish Cup fourth round victory at Annan Athletic last month and could be involved again when Rangers take on Dundee in their quarter-final tie at Dens Park on Sunday.

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“It is what I strive for and what I want to be doing and it’s great to get opportunities to be in and around the squad and hopefully try to get minutes,” he said.

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