Rangers take on League One Falkirk in the Betfred Cup later this month and it could be an ideal chance for Steven Gerrard to give some of his young stars a chance to shine.

The Gers travel to the Falkirk Stadium on November 29 to take on the Bairns and with the game coming days after the Ibrox clash with Benfica in the Europa League, Gerrard should seriously consider using some of his lesser-seen players.

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While Gerrard already has a pretty large squad as things stand, taking on the League One side could give an opportunity to the likes of Glenn Middleton, Nathan Patterson and Jamie Barjonas to get competitive game-time.

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While some may construe it as being disrespectful towards Falkirk, it certainly wouldn’t be the case and would allow some of the country’s top young talent the chance to impress against a well-organised, full-time side containing several very experienced names.

 

Playing against the likes of Mo Gomis, Connor Sammon and Lee Miller would definitely be a good test for the younger players and continue to help their development by giving them minutes in matches that actually have consequences.

There would also be a chance for other Rangers fringe players like Greg Stewart to get a chance to impress and show he deserves more chances as the season heads towards the hetic Christmas and New Year spell.

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For the likes of Barjo and Middleton, it is quickly getting to the point where it will be decision time on their long-term futures at Ibrox – and the chance to shine in the cup could just be the sliding doors moment they look back at later in their careers.

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