James Tavernier has explained how the Rangers players that started against Falkirk wanted to make sure that some Gers youngsters were given their debuts.
The Gers beat Falkirk 4-0 on Sunday as they cruised through to the next round of the Scottish League Cup to set up a quarter-final clash with St Mirren.
Ciaran Dickson and Leon King both made their Rangers debuts in the second half after the win was secured and this was always the aim, according to Tavernier.
The Rangers captain is quoted by Glasgow Live as saying, “It was down to the starting 11 to give a chance for the young lads to make their debuts today. It was in our hands to put on a performance.
“We got the goals that we needed to allow the young lads to enjoy a great debut, so I’m really proud of them. They’ve been terrific in training since they joined us and hopefully, they can continue their progress.”
Tavernier scored the fourth goal of the game and this allowed Dickson and King to come on and get valuable first-team minutes that haven’t been on offer this season.
With the Rangers first team’s incredible strength and depth it is extremely unlikely that any youth players will be given any league minutes this season, even with the congested schedule.
Steven Gerrard simply has too many quality first-team players who are sitting on the bench as it is and he simply doesn’t need any more bodies in his Scottish Premiership and Europa League sides.
The only opportunities for players like Dickson and King will be in the domestic cups but as Gerrard showed with his team selection on Sunday, he isn’t prepared to start the young players if first-team options are available.
It is imperative that silverware returns to Ibrox this season and if Gerrard can afford to play first team players in the domestic trophies then he will.