Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 30 October 2014

Biting Back: Little shows a lot of loyalty to Rangers

Andrew Little

Northern Ireland international Andrew Little has begun a new adventure with Rangers and there is a fresh spring in his step after scoring in their extra-time Ramsdens Cup win over Brechin.

These are distressing times for the fallen Glasgow giants in their newco guise and it’s a long road back to the big time for Ally McCoist’s men, who have been parachuted into the Scottish Third Division.

Little’s loyalty to the Gers — he came through the former club's youth ranks — is understandable.

Rangers hold possession of his heart but there is one serious question hanging in the air. Just what impact will this decision have on the Fermanagh man’s career at club and international level?

Steven Davis and Kyle Lafferty have taken up the opportunity to accept a fresh chapter in their career while David Healy is also heading for the exit door.

But as Northern Ireland boss Michael O’Neill looks for a dramatic improvement in his players’ form, Little — although likely to benefit from regular first team football — will be competing at a much lower standard than in the Scottish Premier League.

If playing with and against better players lifts your performance, Little may regret his decision to stay.

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