Rangers plan to give youth a chance

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Rangers boss Steven Gerrard says he is confident of winning silverware in the 2019/20 campaign after Sunday's Old Firm win.

Rangers sporting director Ross Wilson says the club will continue to give youth a chance as they bid to win the Scottish Premiership this season.

The pressure is on Rangers to claim a first league championship success since 2011, as they are bidding to stop Old Firm rivals Celtic from winning a record-equalling ninth top-flight crown in a row.

The Gers are certainly very much in the mix to claim overall glory this season, as they are currently only behind their Glasgow rivals on goal difference.

With the pressure being on Steven Gerrard’s side to lift the title this season, there is some suggestion that there may be limited opportunities for some of the club’s brightest youth prospects to flourish.

However, former Falkirk, Huddersfield, Watford and Southampton chief Wilson, who succeeded Mark Allen as Rangers’ new sporting director last month, feels Gerrard will still give youth a chance to flourish, even if the pressure begins to mount in the title race.

“Ultimately, Steven is a manager who has come from a background of working in youth football,” Wilson said.

“We understand that the demands of this club can make it more difficult to blood young players than at some other clubs, that’s obvious.

“But we’re sure that if the talent in the academy is good enough, the opportunity will come at the right time.”

Gerrard certainly hasn’t been afraid to give academy graduates a chance during his time at Rangers, most notably Glenn Middleton, who featured 15 times in the league last season and is now continuing his development on loan at Hibernian.

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