If Glasgow Rangers are no longer fighting Celtic for the title this season, and only holding on to second place against Aberdeen or Kilmarnock, do they start introducing some young hopefuls to the starting XI?

Do they reintroduce 20-year-old Ross McCrorie back into the team for example, as he is a potential Gerscaptain of the future?

Would Steven Gerrard, the hard-to-please Rangers fans and the board members, all have the patience to take a fresh Ajax approach, thus returning to the big time in Europe?

It would be terrific to see if a Scottish club could compete with Ajax’s initiative of not spending big money transfer fees.

Rangers are already investing in top youth and first team coaches, with the hope of eventually developing their own young players.

Ajax seek the best youngsters to join them, with the promise of securing the lads some first team football at the end of the process.

The Dutch side promote the best of them every summer, and that is the key to their success.

They sign a few experienced professionals, if they can buy them for the right money. Otherwise they mainly rely on home-grown players from their hugely successful Academy.

Ajax want to appoint managers who buy into the concept, and have an eye for spotting the best youngsters, with the potential to eventually make it.

If it was fully explained to the Rangers fans, then I could see their legions of fans buying into it. When you think it through – it makes sense.

The days of the Netherlands, Scottish and other small nations competing against the EPL, Spanish, German, French and Italian teams for top players are well and truly over.

I could see the new plan becoming extremely popular and still attracting the same number of fans to witness a team with every player giving 100% effort for a Rangers win.

If the fans truly get behind the new scheme, it would become a fantastic money making spinner, ensuring long-term security for the team.

How does it all work?

Replace a player like Daniel Candeias, who is presently out of form. He is one player who could easily be displaced for a few matches, and put on the bench.

Introduce 17-year-old right-winger Josh McPake who has, on occasions, been training with the first team this season. Just like Rangers did with Willie Henderson back in the 60’s.

Rangers also introduced 16-year-old Derek Johnstone in the 70’s and he scored against Celtic to win the cup for the Ibrox club. 

How about playing youngsters like McPake at outside right and using 18-year-old Glenn Middleton on the left for a couple of experimental games, to give all the Rangers lads at the club a major boost?

With Rangers falling 10 points behind their bitter rivals, Steven Gerrard might seize this opportunity to assess the future of some of his potential first team players.

Centre-half Conner Goldson’s longer passes have recently been appalling and he is another star who could very easily be replaced for a few games. Step in 22-year-old Nikola Katic.

I would play James Tavernier at right wing-back or out of the team, as his defending is often abysmal. He is never a Rangers captain.

I would certainly persevere with Croatian internationalist Borna Barisic at left-wing-back, with a view to him settling into Glasgow life next season.

Is it possible that a couple of young over enthusiastic wingers could help to add a bit of energy and magic to the team?


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