HELENSBURGH youngster Aidan Wilson was on the plane with the rest of the Rangers first team squad when they headed out to Florida this week for the winter break.

The 18-year-old signed a new deal with the club back in September, penning a one-year extension at Ibrox which could keep him at the club until 2020.

The former Hermitage Academy pupil made his first team debut for the Gers last season, starting games against St Johnstone and Aberdeen.

And Graeme Murty, who was appointed as the Rangers manager until the end of the season, and was formerly the under-20s coach, called up a number of youngsters to join the main squad.

Alongside Wilson, David Bates, Ryan Hardie and Jamie Barjonas have been given a chance to show the new boss what they can do and get themselves a regular run in the first team.

The Florida Cup, in which Rangers are taking part during their US trip, features eight different teams and will be played under two different formats.

The Scotland under-19 international is yet to feature for Rangers this season after the arrival of centre backs Bruno Alves and Fabio Cardoso, but has featured in several match day squads.

Speaking earlier in the season, he said: “I have learnt from training with the experience of being with the first-team and all I can do is keep going round to train with them, working hard, learning things from the players and then hopefully my chance will come.

“I just have to be ready for whatever happens, there were a couple of injuries last season that gave me the chance and I was ready to take it.

“If the same happens this season then I just need to do the same, be ready and hope that the manager puts me in.

“I think we have some great centre-halves ahead of me, there is a lot of experience and youth in there but I just have to bide my time and hope the manager puts his trust in me.

“Bruno is very professional, you learn a lot from his demeanour as well, how he conducts himself and how he is around the place. He is always working hard but he is quite quiet. He works so hard and you can see how he has got to where he’s got to.

“I have had a couple of chats with him and he has helped me on a few occasions.”