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Three Rangers youngsters ready to make the step up next season

The Gers have a number of young stars ready to make the jump to the first team.

Ruari Macneil

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Despite enduring a tough season this campaign, Rangers can still take some positivity from the fact that they have a number of talented youngster making it through the ranks that look ready for a shot at the big stage next term.

With the financial restraints that the club are currently experiencing, the Gers should be making full use of their young prospects, to compliment whichever new faces they manage to bring into the club.

The past 18-months has seen the likes of Ross McCrorie and David Bates develop into fine first team players, but which trio of individuals are closely following suit?

Serge Atakayi 

Finland under-19 international Serge Atakayi will be itching at a shot in the first team next season having continually put in strong performances for the development side this term.

The teenager is an absolute live wire and would be the exact type of spark that the Gers have been missing up front when it comes to the big games.

The DR of Congo-born attacker joined the club in 2016 after interest from a number of Premier League clubs, but is yet to actually win his debut in a light blue shirt.

One of the hottest prospects in Scottish football, Atakayi is definitely a name you should be keeping an eye on in the near future.

Ryan Hardie

Having already made 13 league appearances for Rangers in his career so far, 21-year-old striker Ryan Hardie is another forward that the first team coaching staff should be considering for next season after the youngster’s strong showing on loan at Livingston.

Hardie joined Livingston in January and has scored eight goals in 14 league outings so far for the Championship side, an admirable return for such a young player.

The Scotland under-21 international earned his debut quite a while back now and has spent four separate stints on loan.

Having proven his ability as a first team goal scorer. However, it feels like the right time to reward the academy graduate with a proper run in the first team next year.

Robby McCrorie

Robby McCrorie will be looking to follow in the footsteps of his twin brother Ross and make his stamp on the first team if given a chance by the manager next season.

The 20-year-old has picked up invaluable experience away on loan with Berwick Rangers, amassing over 40 appearances for the club this season, putting in a number of man of the match, clean sheet performances.

Wes Foderingham is undoubtedly the club’s number one ‘keeper, but with Jack Alnwick and Liam Kelly as the back up options, McCrorie should have a real chance of cementing his place as deputy to Foderingham.

McCrorie is clearly highly rated at Rangers, and was rewarded with a new contract earlier this season which should keep him at the club until 2022.

As an academy graduate, he knows full well what the club is all about.

He will be a useful voice around the dressing room to help teach others exactly what it means to pull on the light blue jersey of his boyhood club.

Life long lover of sport in general with a soft spot for football. A consistent defender of Scottish football as a spectacle. Desperately waiting to see my country qualify for a major tournament.

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  1. ski

    May 1, 2018 at 9:23 am

    I am sorry, but this is not a well researched piece.
    Ryan Hardie is out of contract at the end of the season. I think he should be offered a new contract, but unless that happens and it currently looks unlikely, he won’t be playing for the first team.
    Robbie McCrorie has less chance, if that is possible. If McGregor signs, that would put McCrorie behind McGregor, Foderingham, Alnwick and Liam Kelly. Even if Alnwick or more likely Foderingham leave, that boosts McCrorie up to fourth choice.
    Atakayi is a definite prospect for next season. A pacy winger, only Middleton has a better chance of breaking through to the first team squad as a winger.
    In summary, there are at least three young players ready for the first team squad – you have identified one of them
    B-

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Steven Gerrard tempting Lucas Leiva to Rangers would be huge coup

The Brazilian midfielder is being linked with a move to Glasgow for a second summer.

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When Steven Gerrard was unveiled as the new Rangers boss over a fortnight ago, fans finally believed they may have found the man to rekindle the ambition and hunger that had been lost at the club in recent years.

The former Liverpool legend has already been linked with brining a number of high profile names to Ibrox and his former teammate Lucas Leiva is the latest being linked with a move to Glasgow.

According to the Scottish Sun, Gerrard is considering making a move for the Brazilian midfielder, who he played alongside across a spell of eight years at Liverpool.

Reports also confirm that Leiva is keen on the idea of being reunited with his former captain, and considering his vast Premier League experience, the midfielder would likely prove a strong addition for the Gers.

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Despite Lazio being reluctant to sell their player, the 31-year-old needs to make the most of his final years in football and the chance of being part of Gerrard’s revolution in Scotland could just be enough to convince him to leave Serie A.

The former Liverpool man made 346 appearances for the Merseyside outfit and quickly became a fan favourite for the club. He also has 24 caps for Brazil to his name and, despite not being proven in front of goal, he still has enough in the tank to be an effective asset in Scotland.

Should Rangers manage to sign Leiva, it would be a huge statement.

Luring a proven player away from Serie A would be surprising enough, but considering Brendan Rodgers had hoped to bring him to Celtic just a year ago, it would show just how big an impact Gerrard is already having on the balance of power between the two Glasgow sides.

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Difficult Rangers spell puts Jason Cummings’ Nottingham Forest future in doubt

The 22-year-old made just nine starts at Ibrox.

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Jason Cummings’ loan move from Nottingham Forest has come to an end, with the striker returning to his parent club from Rangers. However, his time at Ibrox has failed to give supporters a reason to demand he is kept in Glasgow on a permanent deal.

According to the Scottish Sun, Forest boss Aitor Karanka believes Cummings no longer has a future at the club due to his lack of game time in Scotland. He made just nine starts in all for the Gers, coming off the bench on a further nine occasions in a disappointing loan spell.

The 22-year-old striker arrived at Ibrox with lofty expectations, but he failed to establish himself as a regular in the Gers’ first team and spent more time on the sidelines than he did on the pitch.

The Scotland international netted six goals in total but, despite showing signs of his promising talent, he didn’t demonstrate why new manager Steven Gerrard should acquire his services on a full-time basis.

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Cummings was brilliant for Scottish Premier League outfit Hibernian before his move to Forest in the summer of 2017, for a fee, according to the Nottingham Post, to be in the region of £1 million.

Gerrard was brought in to improve on the quality already at the club and, considering the Liverpool legend’s name and reputation, he will feel he can bring in better players than Cummings.

This must now leave the striker worrying about his future with his parent club, who could quite conceivably be tempted to part company with a player who has only scored once in 14 appearances for the two-time European Cup winners.

Once one of Scotland’s most promising strikers, Cummings is facing exile from both of his represented clubs and will be seriously worried as to what the future holds.

Despite struggling to make an impact for the Gers, the two-time Scotland international possesses undeniable talent. If Rangers feel he hasn’t justified a permanent deal, another loan move could bring the best out of the once-promising striker.

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Liverpool should turn to Steven Gerrard and Rangers to solve their Rhian Brewster problem

Liverpool are struggling to keep the teenager, but a move to Ibrox would see him work with new Rangers boss and Kop legend in Glasgow.

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Liverpool are facing something of a battle to keep hold of their star young striker Rhian Brewster. The young England talent, who was sensational for England’s under-17s in their World Cup triumph last summer, has been heavily linked with a move to German side Borussia Monchengladbach. In fact, the approach from the Bundesliga outfit has been anything but amicable.

Liverpool know they have a top talent in their hands in the form of Brewster, but he obviously fears for his first-team opportunities at Anfield.

What Liverpool need to do is present the young striker with a clear vision for his future and it should involve club legend, Steven Gerrard.

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The former Liverpool captain has recently taken his first steps into management with Scottish giants Rangers. Now he will be looking to improve his options at Ibrox, as they look to catch Old Firm rivals Celtic.

Brewster has in fact been linked with a move to Gerrard’s Glasgow rivals, but it would be a better move for the teenager to head to Ibrox.

Under the guidance of former Liverpool under-18 boss Gerrard the striker would be more likely to play first-team football.

The deal would offer the talented striker what he wants, regular first-team football. Rangers would be happy with any deal. His arrival would be welcomed and would add some fresh firepower to the attacking ranks at Rangers.

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Meanwhile, Liverpool will know he is in the trusted hands of a club legend who will do all he can to ensure Brewster continues to mature, all whilst hopefully improving Rangers’ frontline.

Presenting a full plan for his development would give Brewster the desire he needs to remain at Liverpool. Heading to Ibrox would then be a perfect opportunity for him to start finding the net and adapting to the men’s game.

A Rangers loan switch makes perfect sense for all parties.

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