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Should Rangers give their young starlets a chance next season?

Rangers have the opportunity to give their young players an opportunity to shine next season.

Rangers have a history of giving young players an opportunity in the first-team, and will soon have the chance to do so again.

Rangers legends like Eric Caldow, Ralph Brand, Alex Scott, Davie Wilson, Billy Stevenson, Jimmy Millar, Willie Henderson, John Greig, Jim Forrest, Willie Johnston, Ronnie McKinnon, Davie Provan, Willie Mathieson, Derek Johnstone, Alfie Conn, Derek Parlane, Bobby Russell, Jim Baxter, Davie Cooper and Sandy Jardine were all given the chance to prove themselves in their respective eras.

Now the likes of Andy Murdoch, Tom Walsh, Ryan Hardie and Ryan Sinnamon are starting to make their way into Stuart McCall’s team, albeit some more than others.

Barry McKay - currently on-loan at Raith Rovers - Calum Gallagher, Robbie Crawford and Liam Kelly could all be making in-roads to the first-team next season, but they need the opportunity to prove what they can do while developing with the experience of first-team football.

Murdoch and Walsh have already shown that they have the ability and mental strength to cope with playing for Rangers and this should be used as a sign for the Gers hierarchy that the other young players can come into the fold.

The obvious exception here is Liam Kelly. Although he shows a lot of promise and has featured for Scotland in their U19 Euro Qualifying Elite Round, in terms of goalkeeping years he is still very young, but there is no reason why he shouldn’t be made the third-choice ‘keeper.

Not having a permanent manger in place could make transfers problematic and panicked going into the next campaign, but opting to go for youth could alleviate some of those recruitment troubles.

The current situation gives the club an opportunity to let these young players grow along with the clubs vision of reaching the top by 2022, no matter which league they are in next season.

Once the decision has been made on the 12 out-of-contract players the option could, and should, be taken to replace them with some of the young players available and allow these young Scottish players the opportunity to make their mark at Rangers like so many have done before them.

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