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Rangers youngster Wylde to use Naismith injury as first team chance

Rangers young gun Gregg Wylde admits it is a blow that Steven Naismith will miss the remainder of the season but sees it as a good chance for him personally.

The 20-year old has undertaken extra training sessions with 'Gers assistant Kenny McDowall in a bid to push himself back into Ally McCoist's first team now there is a vacancy on the right in attack even if it is uncustomary for him.

Wylde has not started the last two Rangers matches but is intent on slotting back in even if it is at the expense of the injured Naismith.

"Last week, I did a bit of extra work with Kenny McDowall. I practised my crossing and shooting and that was great. Kenny's great and gives me a lot of help," he told the Daily Record.

"I spoke to Steven on the phone. He's had this before and he came back a stronger player. It's a hammer blow for us but we have the players to come in and I suppose it might give me chances.

"The manager has spoken to me about playing on the right side of midfield. I did it in training this week. I played there when I was younger. You can come in off the wing and try to play one-twos with the strikers for a left-foot shot.

"It's an aspect I need to work on. I'm usually on the left, so the right is a new challenge for me. Hopefully I'll play there against Dundee United."

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