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A rebuke to Kenny Miller's criticism of Rangers

Rangers have been criticised for not bringing through enough Scottish talent.

Kenny Miller of Rangers retrieves the ball from the net after scoring a consolation goal late in the second half during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers FC and...

Rangers have come in for criticism from former Ibrox striker Kenny Miller.

Miller was quoted by Football Scotland lambasting Rangers for not bringing through enough Scottish talent.


Miller's comments come on the back of Scotland's latest disappointing international showings, saying 'questions need to be asked'.

But to point the finger of blame at Rangers for Scotland's failings is unfair.

Rangers have their own objectives, and that is to get better now, immediately and chase titles.


Rangers have been lagging behind Celtic since winning promotion in 2016. That is to be expected.

They were a promoted team, trying to challenge a side used to winning trophies, with the finances of European football to back them.

That is why Rangers have at times had to seek quick fixes, and make aggressive moves in the transfer market, some of which have not worked out.

But this is not conducive to putting complete trust in youngsters, and nor should it be.

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The situation is not helped when the jewel of Rangers' academy, Billy Gilmour, is swiped away from the club by Chelsea.

He has just been registered in the Blues' Champions League squad, and his career is progressing well.

To suggest Rangers are not interested in youth development is unfair. The Gers have ensured Graeme Murty stays on as under-20s boss, when he could easily have landed a manager's job elsewhere.

The Gers have a host of young Scottish talent waiting to break through, including Josh McPake, Jordan Houston and Zak Rudden.

It will not be easy for any of them, such is the high standard required to get into the Rangers team.

But if these players and their peers are ultimately good enough to really make an impact for Scotland, they will succeed at club level too, and catch Steve Clarke's attention.

Rangers manager Graeme Murty during the Scottish Premier League match between Celtic and Ranger at Celtic Park on December 30, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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