In the modern game, planning is everything.
It’s one thing to have success in the present, but being able to look ahead to the future and ensure that success is sustained is another thing entirely.
The most obvious, and arguably best, way to achieve that goal is to make sure there is a constant stream of top quality young talent coming through the ranks of the academy.
That’s not something that Rangers have ever had to worry about too much, and it looks as if the club are keeping up their stellar record on youth after their latest announcement.
As per the Gers’ official website, teenage defender Nathan Patterson has just put pen to paper on a deal that will keep him at Ibrox until at least 2022.
The 18-year-old has been a regular for the reserves so far this season, and is already a Scottish U19 international.
Tying down that kind of talent is imperative for the project at Ibrox.
Being able to produce your own top tier players is a whole lot more sustainable than splashing the cash all over the shop, and given Steven Gerrard’s record of working with youth in particular, there’s no reason to believe that a precocious performer like Patterson can’t make a real bid for the first team at some point in the not-too-distant future.