Pedro Caixinha’s willingness to give youth a chance earned him plenty of admirers at Ibrox last season even when results were starting to turn against him.
Yet, even that had its downsides. After all, handing 18-year-old left-back Myles Beerman his fourth and fifth senior appearances against a fearsome Celtic attack probably was not the smartest bit of management.
Rangers lost both games, in league and cup, by an aggregate score of 7-1. And, in the nightmarish 5-1 home thrashing at the hands of Brendan Rodgers’ treble-winners, Beerman’s inexperience was cruelly exposed.
Since the start of the new season, however, Caixinha has somewhat marginalised the likes of Beerman and talented centre-back David Bates after bringing in new recruits in the transfer window.
Further down the pecking order
The arrival of Declan John on a season-long loan from Cardiff City looks certain to force Beerman, who has not made a league appearance yet in 2017/18, further down the pecking order with captain Lee Wallace still the first choice at left-back.
Therefore, you wonder whether it would be beneficial for Beerman to leave Rangers on loan for the time being. After all, having sampled first-team football last season and largely excelling bar that Old Firm horror show, it would seem counterproductive to force Beerman back into reserve-team action.
The Daily Record reported last week that Rangers would be willing to let one or two of their more talented youngsters, including Bates, leave on loan to hone their talents in a more competitive, real-life environment.
And, with first-team opportunities proving harder to come by this season, a short-term spell away from Ibrox is surely the most sensible step for Beerman’s development.