Gregg Wylde is just one of several Rangers youngsters ready to heed the call of manager Walter Smith this season.
The Kirkintilloch-born winger travelled to Kilmarnock on Wednesday for the Co-operative Insurance Cup quarter-final tie expecting a place on the bench.
However, just three hours before kick-off the 19-year-old discovered to his delight that he was in the starting XI for the first time and he made his mark with an assist in Steven Naismith`s clinching goal in the 2-0 victory, the first having being scored by Andrew Little.
Although Wylde is likely to be back out for the Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash with Inverness at Ibrox, he is ready to augment Smith's relatively small squad during the coming months.
"The squad is quite small right now but the gaffer had a meeting with us and said he was happy with that because it is easier to work with," he told the club's official website. "He also knows there are a few young boys in there like myself, Kyle Hutton, John Fleck and Jordan McMillan who all want to do well.
"It was a great surprise for the manager and Ally McCoist to put me in the team as I thought I would be watching the game in the stand or I'd maybe be on the bench. It was a great feeling and I think I did quite well."