Steven Gerrard issues challenge to Rangers youngsters – The Carrier
Steven Gerrard has cautioned his Ibrox children that they supervise of satisfying their Rangers destinies.
The Gers manager has actually rewarded 19-year-old full-back Nathan Patterson with a two-year contract extension this week.
However while he has high wish for the Scotland Under-21 right-back, there is not precisely a prolonged list of Auchenhowie academy prospects knocking on the first-team door.
Kai Kennedy, back in Gerrard’s great books after solving his agreement issues, shone on his debut for loan club Raith Rovers versus Hearts at the weekend.
Yet the similarity Glenn Middleton, Robby McCrorie and Josh McPake have actually seen their development stall just recently.
Now Gerrard has actually made it clear only the children themselves can decide whether they qualify at Ibrox.
He stated: “The ball is in their court. Nathan’s been wonderful, his level of training has been superb, I like his character.
” I like his profile and there’s a lot more to come from Nathan. I have no doubts that if he keeps doing what he’s doing, he can become a regular for this very first team.
” We have to be patient with that. He’s still really young and he’s completing in an area of the group where our captain has actually been so consistent.
” However the pleasing thing for me is that James Tavernier has really gone out of his method to take Nathan under his wing to assist support him. We need 2 great gamers in every position.
” We wish to have regional academy players who qualify and push for a first-team place.
” I want that more than anybody else due to the fact that I have come through an academy system myself.
” However the level of this team has grown and moved on because we have been available in to where we are now, so the obstacle has actually become even harder for these gamers.
” So they have got to go above and beyond and be obsessed with getting much better and pressing.
” The ball is in their court. If they suffice, work hard and sacrifice enough, they will be provided chances.
” It’s then approximately them whether they take them to prove they suffice to be in this first string.”
Middleton – who was farmed out to St Johnstone on Monday – aims to have slipped even further down Gerrard’s chain of command after Gers announced the pre-contract capture of Aberdeen winger Scott Wright.
Gerrard admits the Dons will ultimately decide if Wright’s summer relocation can be fast-tracked to this month however he is wanting to make a transfer statement ahead of Monday’s due date.
The Rangers manager – who is supposedly near agreeing pre-contract offers for Bournemouth pair Nnamdi Ofoborh and Jack Simpson – said: “It would be a reward if we could get (Wright) done now, but we don’t control that. That’s in Aberdeen’s control and we appreciate that.
” There’s no other news in terms of ins or outs. We’re hoping to include some news in the coming days with circumstances we are checking out.”
Gers need simply 9 more Premiership wins to clinch their first league title in a years.
The next hurdle to be gotten rid of is Hibernian at Easter Roadway on Wednesday night and Gerrard is expecting better luck having tasted triumph simply when in his 4 trips to Leith.
” It’s constantly a difficult difficulty and probably one of the most difficult away fixtures you get in the schedule,” he stated.
” I think our performances have actually been really great at Easter Road but possibly we haven’t had the outcomes we’ve deserved.
” We have actually been frustrated and a little disappointed with the results of those games.”
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