Rangers take on Bristol City this weekend in the final game of the Championship season.
It is a fixture with little importance as both have already secured their status in the division for next season.
Indeed it has been a disappointing year for Hasselbaink’s side, who are set to finish outside of the top ten and far from the promotion race.
Changes are likely from both teams, and Hasselbaink has confirmed he will play the youngsters as he looks to prepare them for next season.
“I will be playing some of the younger players again,” he told qpr.co.uk. “We want to prepare them for next year. This is where they learn. If we don’t put them in, then they will never be ready.
“We have a confidence in them that they can do it, and now it’s about giving them the opportunity to show they can do it.”
Hasselbaink’s plans to give the youngsters a chance this weekend, and then next season, may be a hint at how they will work in the summer transfer window.
Rangers fans were likely to be hoping that the club would be busy as the Dutchman prepares for his first season in charge next year.
Instead, this move suggests that they will be less busy than that and will turn to using what they have as they target a much more successful campaign than this one.