Rangers boss Warburton has a keen interest in promoting youth players.
Warburton said: “[In Ross Lyon] I see a bright, intelligent player, same as Liam Burt. I watch these guys here, Ryan Hardie and Jordan Thompson, all these guys, they are hungry, they have a real desire to learn and they want to impress the staff and the senior pros and show what they can do. They play without fear which I love seeing and they recognise the importance of the code of conduct, how we conduct ourselves, how we respect each other around the place, so the young players are learning very quickly.”
Warburton made his name as an academy coach before moving into the world of management, and he was the man behind the groundbreaking Next Gen Series.
The tournament, which was a precursor to the UEFA Youth League, was a success, and Warburton has proven his willingness and desire to incorporate young players during his entire career.
Since moving to Ibrox to take charge of Rangers, Warburton brought in a number of young players over the summer to create a youthful first-team squad, and he has ensured that some of the existing academy players have been utilised in his first-team set-up.
The likes of Lyon, Burt and Hardie have all trained with the senior players, and Thompson has done the same, although he was one of Warburton’s signings over the summer.
There is talent in the Rangers academy, and Warburton has been most pleased with the attitude of his young potential stars. He is pleased that they play without fear, but also represent and stand for the code of conduct which the Gers hope to express.
If the young players continue to perform as they have been behind the scenes, it will surely not be too long before they start making appearances at senior level for the Gers.