The three QPR youngsters in line for a first-team chance

With QPR almost mathematically safe from relegation, Ian Holloway is likely to give a number of young players a chance in his team before the end of the season.

Three in particular are in line for an opportunity to impress the Rangers boss in the remaining matches.

Matt Ingram

With Alex Smithies in magnificent form, keeper Ingram has not made a league appearance all season and has featured only once – against Blackburn in the FA Cup – since Holloway took over as manager. The 23-year-old is nevertheless extremely highly thought of and is expected to play in the coming weeks.

Michael Petrasso

The Canadian winger, 21, came on as a late substitute in the recent defeat at Aston Villa and has been earmarked for a starting place before the end of the campaign. Highly regarded by Marc Bircham, who played a major role in bringing him to the club during the former QPR midfielder’s first spell on the coaching staff, Petrasso is fit again having had his season badly affected by injury.

Reece Grego-Cox

Another player back in the reckoning after injury problems. Since being forced to return early from a loan spell at Newport County, forward Grego-Cox has been in good form for Rangers’ Under-23s – scoring a hat-trick in a game against Coventry – and has impressed Holloway.

The 20-year-old made four senior appearances in the top flight but has not featured in the league for QPR since, so is overdue another chance to show what he can do.