Charlie McCann changes from Northern Ireland influenced by his Rangers team-mate Steven Davis

Steven Davis was instrumental in helping young Rangers star Charlie McCann move from the Republic of Ireland to Northern Ireland.

International captain Davis and national team manager Ian Baraclough have made personal presentations to the 19-year-old who pledged his footballing future to the Irish FA.

McCann – who played for the Republic at minor level – qualifies for Northern Ireland through his parents and Baraclough and his manager Jimmy Nicholl both recently met McCann in Scotland.

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They were supported by their skipper and his Rangers teammate Davis, reports the Daily recording.

Rangers are currently helping McCann make the switch and put his documentation in place for FIFA to approve the move.

The talented Coventry-born midfielder left Manchester United for Ibrox last year and made his first-team debut in the Scottish Cup win over Annan Athletic.

Republic of Ireland Under-21 boss Jim Crawford has confirmed the news on the League of Ireland Central Podcast.

Crawford said: “I spoke to Charlie a few weeks ago.

“It’s a shame he’s now looking to go and play for Northern Ireland.

“That was the danger of the 2002 squad who haven’t been involved in international football for so long) because of the pandemic).

“I had to tell Charlie to realize that we had Gavin Kilkenny, Conor Coventry, Ross Tierney, Dawson Devoy, Will Smallbone, these players who are all really talented players.

“Charlie is also a very good player but unfortunately he didn’t beat them.”

McCann will have to wait for his international papers to be completed before he can play for Northern Ireland.

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