After having a woeful last season, Rangers FC appointed Steven Gerrard as their new manager early on during the summer in the hopes of getting the club back on level terms with Old Firm rivals Celtic FC.
And ever since his appointment, the former Liverpool midfielder has made over half a dozen signings in the hopes of strengthening every department.
Now the manager has gone on to claim that despite splurging heavily during the transfer market he is ready to give the academy lads a chance during the upcoming season.
Speaking to the Scottish Herald, Gerrard said: “If you’re good enough you’re old enough,
“I sat the young lads down on day one or may two and just said: ‘Look you’re coming over to Spain for us to have a look at you on and off the pitch, see what you’re capable of, see what you’re about.
“Go in and mix it with the payers in front of you and let them know you’re coming for their places and you want to challenge them’.
“It’s not the older lads and the younger lads here, it’s us. We are all one. Everyone is fighting for a shirt.
“In terms of what we have asked them to do, the volume of training, the intensity, and putting their bodies through what they are probably not used to, they have been magnificent.
“Friday night was a chance for them to go out there and show us what they have got and they haven’t let themselves down.”
Rangers are still expected to bring a couple of players during the transfer window, Roma striker Umar Sadiq being the number one target.
But Gerrard giving importance to youngsters just goes on to show that he is truly a lad from Anfield – a club famous for nurturing young talent.
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