Scot Gemmill has told the Scottish Sun he would not be worried about playing 16-year-old sensation Liam Burt in the Rangers first team.
The Scotland under-17 coach believes Burt is a very special player, and has him earmarked as a Scotland international star of the future.
He explained he has been talking about him with Rangers assistant David Weir, and relaying his positivity.
Gemmill said: "I did mention Liam to David [Weir] because he is really, really good and he is comfortable playing around the older players.
"He’s just got ‘it’ in my opinion — the right mix. At times he’s still unbelievably raw and if I was working with Rangers I’m not saying I’d throw him in the first team now.
"But in terms of potential you will go a long way to find someone with as much as him. I’d trust him to play."
The Scottish Sun reported earlier this week that Celtic are considering making an audacious swoop to sign Burt, but Rangers are confident the teenager will reject their approach.
A first team chance for Burt is not out of the question before the season is out, with manager Mark Warburton a keen advocate of giving chances to young players, with loanee Gedion Zelalem, 18, one of many teenagers to feature this term - but he will not throw the Scottish youngster in before he considers he is ready.
Gemmill is not trying to tell him or Weir what to do, but evidently if the squad was stretched and playing Burt was an option, he would have no doubts about throwing him in.