Thursday, 28 June 2018

Stevie Ger drops a massive hint about new players for senior squad...

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has dropped a huge hint that one or two of the Academy youths who went on the summer  trip to Malaga may be ready for the first team and he is strongly considering a promotion.

Stephen Kelly, Glenn Middleton, Serge Atakayi, Matty Shiels, Aidan Wilson and Zak Rudden all joined the senior squad for the training camp in Spain’s south, and if Gerrard’s word is anything to go by, one or two of them are serious contenders to make the step up.

He said:

“We’ve obviously had six really good ones with us here, I’ve got a bit of thinking in terms of do I keep a few of them around the first team squad, do I move a few  of them into the first team.”

Gerrard’s focus on youth is promising – while not all the youth squad players are good enough to make the leap to the first team, it is high time Rangers started regularly promoting those who have done well enough to earn a shot.

From the clues over the past season or so, it looks like Serge Atakayi and Glenn Middleton may be two of the closest to aspiring towards the big time, albeit Aidan Wilson also has a shout.

Gerrard went on:

“There’s one or two them really knocking on the door to be part of the first team squad.”

If ever a statement of intent was clear, this is it – Gerrard is clearly suggesting there will be significant promotions.

Time will tell who that ends up being.
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