Rangers manager Mark Warburton has told the Glasgow Evening Times that he’s delighted with the progress made by the club’s younger players.
Warburton has taken the decision to mix the youth and senior ranks in pre-season training, which he feels has had a positive impact on the squad ahead of the new season.
He’s explained the decision by suggesting it’s based around the best thing for the squad, with two weeks left to go until the competitive action returns.
“They have trained with the first team from day one, they have contributed and can deal with the quality no problem at all,” Warburton told the Glasgow Evening Times.
“It is all about the squad and making sure that every player is best prepared for the 7th of August and hopefully the games in Ireland will have that purpose.”
“I was delighted with the young ones. They are there on merit and because they deserve to be.”
The theory from Warburton
There are a number of positives which are created by Warburton mixing the club’s younger players in with the senior ranks.
Firstly, it keeps the more established players on their toes. They may be surprised by the standard of the younger players and could start thinking their positions are in threat if they don’t play well.
That could cause the intensity levels and the quality of training and matches to increase, which only creates positive effects for all sections of the squad.
Secondly, it naturally improves the standard of the younger players because they are training with and around more experienced players.
One of the only ways for any manager to improve the quality in his youngsters is to subject them to a higher level of quality and pressure.