Giovanni van Bronckhorst has given Rangers’ starlets hope that they can challenge for a spot in his team after several young talents were included in the Europa League matchday squad.
Although the regular protagonists started for the Ibrox side in a straightforward 2-0 victory over Sparta Prague that sealed their place in the Europa League playoff round, there was plenty of young talent on the bench.
Nathan Patterson, Stephen Kelly, and Leon King were all named in the squad as Giovanni van Bronckhorst backed up comments from his first press conference which suggested he will be willing to give youth a chance.
“It’s a new beginning for them. I’m a coach who will give confidence to everyone who is working no matter if you are young or old,” he said [Rangers FC YouTube].
This could prove to be the boost that King and Kelly need as they strive to fulfill their potential.
With Patterson already pushing hard for minutes through strong showings for Scotland, the likes of Kelly and King can utilise this transitional period for the club and stake a claim that they should be involved more in matchday squads.
The experience of being on the bench during a European night at Ibrox will stand the pair in good stead as work continues under GvB.
With Kelly having played first-team football for both Ayr Utd and Ross County in the previous two seasons, his next stage of development will be to show van Bronckhorst exactly what he can offer to the team.
Although King is only 17, he made his senior debut last season under Gerrard and impressed for the B team at the weekend. With our current problems at centre-back deepening, will he get given a chance? Only time will tell.
The future is looking bright under the Dutchman, and hopefully, there is a contingency plan in place so when key players move on, the club might not need to look far for a replacement.
After the vital win against Sparta Prague, a former Rangers striker responded brilliantly on Instagram.