Rangers’ Academy confirm release of five players from youth set-up

Rangers have announced five players have left the youth set-up after not being rewarded professional contracts.

The official Rangers website has confirmed the release of five youth players, who have failed to earn professional contracts and will leave Ibrox this summer.

Kristian Gibson, Jamie Burrow, Junior Ogen, Scot Whiteside and Lewis McMinn are the five players in question, and will look to kickstart their professional careers elsewhere following their departures.

Gibson and Burrow’s were both 20, and had failed to make a first-team appearance despite their advanced age, suggesting they were not cut out to make it at Inbox.

McMinn and Whiteside, 17, and Ogen, 18, were the youngest of the group, and it is a surprise to see them leave the club considering their age. It would not be expected for them to feature in the first-team set-up for a few more years yet, and they still have a wealth of development to undergo before being professional level players.

Clearly there is a suggestion that Rangers are pushing youth development to the side at the moment, as they look to get back into the top flight at the earliest opportunity, and it is unfortunate that this desire has left five players out of a career at Ibrox.

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