Rangers manager Steven Gerrard thinks teenage Gers star Ciaran Dickson will “never” let him down after a fantastic cameo off the bench in the 4-0 win over Falkirk in the League Cup.
Dickson and Leon King both made their first competitive appearance for the first-team as the Gers thrashed the League One title contenders and Gerrard insisted both deserved their opportunity in the side – even if King’s came as a result of others dropping out of the squad at short notice.
16-year-old Leon King
18-year-old Ciaran Dickson
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The teenagers never looked out of place alongside some of Gerrard’s established stars and the Ibrox boss will now be “watching closely” to see how they react to their first taste of senior football.
Dickson almost had an immediate impact, going close with an effort at goal and Gerrard thinks the midfielder’s “upbringing” was similar to his own coming through the ranks at Liverpool.
“I thought young Dicksy was terrific,” Gerrard said.
“He played with energy, he played with personality and he played with character. He’s the type who will never let me down.
“He’s probably had a similar upbringing to myself where he knows what it means to represent Rangers and the shirt so we gave him an opportunity to come train with us five or six weeks ago and he’s been terrific every single day. He’s earned that opportunity today.
“Young Leon is a little bit different; maybe he gets a chance because a couple dropped out late but he was ready as well. He trains really well and is still very young so I’ll be watching them closely to see how they react to that taste.
“I want them to go work as hard as they can to get more opportunities so I’ll be watching them closely to see whether it goes to their head or if they want to really see this as a start for their careers moving forward.I think they both looked physically ready. You judge them in training first and foremost. I train them like first-team players; they’re not training like young kids who are coming in to make the numbers up. They are affecting training and contributing and they were ready.
“They are both great kids so that’s what I want. I see a lot in the Academy from afar – I see a lot – and these are two good types who deserved that opportunity today.”