Rangers have won the Veolia Trophy this week, with a convincing 2-0 win courtesy of goals from both Jermain Defoe and Jamie Barjonas.
Steven Gerrard’s side certainly impressed and he will be particularly pleased with the impact some of Ibrox’s best youngsters have had on the side.
Barjonas’ goal was certainly a reason to be cheerful but Rangers talents Lewis Mayo and Nathan Patterson have also been amongst the action for the Light Blues.
Rangers boss Gerrard has now been discussing the introduction of academy players into the Ibrox first-team with Rangers TV and has had some very strong words for the youngsters at the club.
Gerrard made it clear he had heard of unhelpful ego developing among some of Rangers’ youngsters and those players will seemingly have no long-term future at Ibrox.
“In terms of the academy, I want to bring academy players in, but first and foremost they’ve got to commit to the football club. If you don’t commit to the football club you won’t be seen nowhere near me and you’ve got to be good enough. You’ve got to train every day like it means the world to them to play for Rangers.
I’ve heard a few things from down in the academy that there’s been a bit of ego about so they won’t be around me. I will only play the players that show me on a daily basis that they are good enough to be around us. Nathan Patterson, Jamie Barjonas and Lewis Mayo have shown that since the first day. So they deserve the opportunities they’ve had and I’m pleased for them.”
It is not clear who Gerrard is talking about, but youngster Kai Kennedy might be an example.
The talented winger has recently been demoted back to the academy, according to The Scottish Sun, after the teenager failed to agree a new contract with the club. The Daily Record suggests Rangers remain keen on keeping the player but interest from the likes of Manchester City, Roma, and Bayern Munich has turned his head.
Rangers fans will be pleased to hear that Gerrard wants strictly committed players in the first-team but will hope it does not mean the club losing some of their better talents in the process.