Rangers U18 coach, Kevin Thomson, has had his say on the current second-string club system in Scotland, as quoted by the Glasgow Evening Times.
At present, the Gers Reserves compete in the SPFL Reserve League.
Last season, it was contested by 18 clubs, with each team playing each other once.
Graeme Murty’s Young Gers were recently crowned champions. However, the intention is not to compete in the same system next season. Instead, the Ibrox hierarchy wants bigger challenges for their brightest talents.
“I don’t see it doing anyone any good, whether it is Rangers or Celtic or Hibs or Hearts,” said Thomson, as quoted by the Glasgow Evening Times.
“I think that until there are three points on a Saturday until you are playing in front of crowds until you have to go to different grounds and pitches and you are really tested, you won’t improve.
“It is about their toughness and how they deal with those kind of things. I just see the Reserve League, no matter what it is called, you play against the same players.
“To me, it seems an obvious problem and it is one I am really passionate about. There has to be heads banged together and everyone sat round the table to get a better solution so we can really challenge, not just for Rangers, these kids from 16 up to 21 for the late developers. We need to make it more of a challenge.”
It was great to see the Gers Reserves get their hands on the league title at the end of the season.
However, it seems a popular opinion at Ibrox that the current system isn’t fit for purpose.
There’s too much fluctuation in the standard of opponent and it’s something the club is clearly striving to fix.
Academy chief Craig Mulholland has promised changes are in the pipeline [The Scotsman], and it’ll be interesting to see what path the club goes down next season.