Ronald de Boer has spoken to the Evening Times about Rangers’ transfer policy.
The attacking midfielder spent four years with the Gers in the early 2000s.
Under the reign of Dick Advocaat, de Boer contributed to two Scottish Cups, one League Cup, and one top-flight win, and became an extremely popular figure at the club.
“I am in favour of giving the kids time”, de Boer told the Evening Times.
“Rangers shouldn’t think they have to challenge Celtic right away. At the end of the day, when you bring through your own players your club will be so healthy. It is also great for the fans to have local boys in their team. That is something special.
“If you put a lot of money into the youth system like we do at Ajax then, in the end, you will get the results. When that is working properly, when you have good youth coaches, then you will always be a very healthy club.
“I think Rangers should look to do it more and not just focus on signing players for the first team. It always starts with the foundation and the pillars of success are the youth.”
Clearly, de Boer is right in the sense that a strong youth system makes for a much healthier club.
It’s something that Rangers are clearly putting emphasis on in recent times. For example, the U17s became the first British club ever to win the Alkass Cup back in February, while young Gers dominated the recent Scotland U19s side.
There’s also a home-grown presence around the first team. Ross McCrorie is a key member, while the likes of Stephen Kelly, Serge Atakayi and Glenn Middleton have all got first-team minutes this season.
Surely after his time in Glasgow, he must know the pressure to win silverware at a club like Rangers.
There is an investment in the development system and the club is working hard in that area, but success is paramount and after such a long time away from the summit of Scottish football, it can’t wait any longer. Quality injections into the squad are needed and will surely come in the summer.