Rangers under Steven Gerrard look like an entirely different team to what we’ve seen in recent years.

The 1-0 Old Firm win epitomised the changes that have been made as the Gers were hungry, aggressive and dominant against Celtic.

13th December 2017, Easter Road, Edinburgh, Scotland; Scottish Premier League football, Hibernian versus Rangers; Jamie Barjonas of Rangers gets hold of John McGinn of Hibernian

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The arrival of a number of experienced players have helped turn Steven Gerrard’s side around.

But it has come at a bit of a price.

With players like Scott Arfield, Jermain Defoe and Connor Goldson, it makes it harder for young players to break through.

Of course, any youngster making the first-team should do so on merit but the jump is clear to see now.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 06: Serge Atakayi of Rangers challenges Dougie Nyaupembe of Bury during the Pre-Season Friendly between Rangers and Bury at Ibrox Stadium on July 6, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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One solution on the table is the introduction of Colt teams to the league system.

Proposals have varied from adding them to the existing league or even adding a League Three.

So far, clubs have failed to back any proposals – although Colt teams do compete in the Challenge Cup.

Both teams want their players to get as much game-time as possible but can only do so much within the existing loan system.

Thalis of Brazilian club Atletico Mineiro (R) is challenged by Aidan Wilson of Scottish club Rangers FC during their Florida Cup soccer game at Orlando City Stadium in Orlando, Florida on January 11, 2018. / AFP PHOTO /

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With players like Robby McCrorie, Andy Dallas, Jamie Barjonas and Serge Atakayi stuck in limbo there really needs to be a change.

 

The current reserve system helps nobody but for clubs are, bizarrely, prepared to stick behind it.

Despite claims that the proposal only benefits the Old Firm, it would help clubs across the country.

Having their best youngsters play senior football will help their development massively and add a real competitive edge.

There could even full integration for every club who is willing to field a Colt team to boost their own academy.

Leaving the best young talent to side on the sidelines playing uncompetitive reserve football is pointless.

Clubs should look at how it can benefit them rather than moaning about how it could benefit Rangers and Celtic.

If we can cross that hurdle, it’ll go a long way to help improve the overall standards in Scotland.

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