We've seen it in the past.

Those footballers who sign with a big club as a youngster and buy a flashy motor with their first wage packet.

The same players who never kick a ball in anger for said big club and move on to the lower leagues years down the line after having coasted in academy footie - without ever really even looking like they'll make it.

Former Rangers youngster Andy Dallas is not one of those chancers.

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No, brave Dallas opted to leave the bright lights of Ibrox for English League Two and a shot in Cambridge United's first-team.

The young striker, 20, was handed an opportunity to play regular football.

He was given the option by Graeme Murty whether to stay at Rangers and try to break into the squad.

After all, he did spend time on the bench in the Scottish Premiership for Steven Gerrard's men before he left on loan to Greenock Morton.

"I was looking to go out on loan originally at the start of the season and we played Cambridge in a friendly," Dallas revealed.

"I played and scored so Murty came up to me and told me that the gaffer liked the look of me and would take me on loan.

"Since they were up in Scotland anyway, I went to train with them for a few days and then they became interested in taking me on a permanent.

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"There was obviously doubts as I'm still quite young and I'd have to move away from home.

"But I went down and played Leicester City in a friendly to get a feel of the place.

"It felt the move was right for me and, since then, I've settled in well with a good bunch of lads."

Dallas has already experienced more in his time at the U's than he ever managed at Gers.

In fact, he ticked one item off his bucket list on his TRIAL for Cambridge United, starring against superstars of Leicester City.

And he admits he surprised himself at the quality he does possess when taking on the likes of Harry Maguire - who went on a few weeks later to become the world's most expensive defender.

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"It wasn't a reserve team it was their full team," Dallas recalled.

"Kasper Schmeichel, Wes Morgan, Jonny Evans, [Ben] Chilwell, Andy King who's now at Rangers.

"Jamie Vardy, Demarai Gray and [Marc] Albrighton all played, as did Harry Maguire at the time.

"It felt a bit like it was comfortable for them.

"But there was actually times in the match when I held up the ball against Maguire or took a good touch past him and ran, it felt like it's not actually that far away.

"Clearly they are really, really good. But I remember thinking that at the end of the day you still have to do your basics."

Obviously, Dallas does not come up against Brendan Rodgers' Premier League side's quality every single week.

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But he's quick to point out that League Two down south still has plenty of top drawer players.

He added: "I'm stepping into a first-team environment.

"In English League Two there are people from all over the world looking at it.

"There are so many learning experiences to come, playing in front of big and different crowds. 

"The FA Cup is starting up as well, soon, so that should be good."

Three months into his move, Dallas is determined to make it work.

He's played nine times for Colin Calderwood's men and hopes to play more as the season progresses.

He's quick to reiterate that Rangers have never been the be-all, end-all in his footballing life - despite coming from a Light Blues family.

And he's pointed to some players of the past of players who have departed Glasgow and gone on to have success elsewhere.

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"You look at guys like Barrie McKay and Declan John," he said.

"I know Barrie maybe doesn't play every week but Declan looks a really good player and he's playing for Wales as well.

"It shows that it doesn't mean when you leave Rangers, Celtic or wherever, it's not the end of the road at all.

"It got to the stage where I felt I was good enough to be in a first-team environment and show what I'm about.

"I know I can run past men who have played the game. I feel like I've made the right decision.

"It doesn't get much bigger in Scotland than Rangers and Celtic but even within League Two there are definitely players who have come through and had massive careers and made a good living."