Ian Baraclough is well placed to pass judgement on Rangers’ decision to appoint former player Jonathan Johansson (above) to the coaching staff. After all, the former was the manager of Motherwell while the latter worked with the Under-20s.
And, according to Herald Scotland, Baraclough believes Johansson, a former Rangers player, will be an excellent addition to Pedro Caixinha’s backroom staff at Ibrox – and the right man to help the club’s Auchenhowie youngsters progress.
“The quality of his work with the under-20 team was obvious for me and everyone at the club to see,” Baraclough said.
“He coached the kids well, was keen to learn and put in a wealth of hard work on the training pitch.”
A number of promising youngsters progressed to the Motherwell first-team under Johansson’s tutelage, including one Chris Cadden.
The 20-year-old exploded onto the scene for The Well this season and, according to the Daily Record, had caught the eye of Rangers. And his development should certainly be an inspiration to one player in Caixinha’s current squad.
After all, 18-year-old Liam Burt (above, far left) will know Cadden well from their time together in the Scotland youth teams. Though while the latter is playing regular Scottish Premiership football, establishing himself as one of the country’s most promising talents, Burt has been limited to just one appearance all season – a stoppage time outing against Hearts in December.
However, with Johansson attempting to make his presence felt at Ibrox, Burt could find that his opportunities may just have been enhanced. A clever, exciting central midfielder, the teenager has been tipped to make the breakthrough for some time.
And Rangers’ manager, Caixinha, committed to easy-on-the-eye attacking football coupled with Johansson’s excellent track-record with young players, next year could be Burt’s year.