The Rangers Academy has been taking a lot of plaudits recently with their performances on the field. Youth, it seems, has become a priority at the club.
From big wins against European Giants in the shape of Bayern Munich last year, to comfortable results domestically, Rangers seem to have a decent stock of young talent which show real promise.
The likes of Ross McCrorie is perhaps the greatest example of a Rangers academy graduate to make it into the first team. The Scotland U21 international, still only 20, is now considered a versatile member of the Gers squad.
The success of Glenn Middleton also shows that youngsters will be handed a chance in Gerrard’s team. The Norwich youth, 18, has excelled under the new management team and is fast becoming one of the club’s top assets.
Here’s three others who look like real prospects in royal blue.
The youngster made the bench against Hamilton, but it won’t be long before we see him in action. For the reserves, he’s been a revelation this year. A talented striker, earlier in the month he banged in a hattrick against Kilmarnock’s reserves. Is the Scottish Cup game with Cowdenbeath a chance to give him a run out?
Kelly got his first taste of first team action in the Betfred Cup tie with Ayr United at Ibrox. Still only 18, the midfield playmaker has a long way to go but is considered a real talent at Rangers. So much so the club handed him a new three year deal in September. Under the guidance of Gerrard, he could become a top creative midfielder for the club.
Mebude put to bed minor worries for fans when he signed a new deal last week. A skilful, creative forward, he might only be 17, but Mebude is already earmarked for the Ibrox first team. It may be a little while yet, but Rangers were chuffed to tie one of their top talents down. The best of it seems to be the youngster’s infectious enthusiasm to be here too.