Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has praised “terrific” Ciaran Dickson after he made his first appearance for the club against Falkirk.
Dickson and fellow teenager Leon King made their debuts at Falkirk Stadium as Rangers beat Falkirk 4-0 in the Betfred Cup.
Entering the fray in the second half, both players impressed the manager in their short time on the field after working hard in training.
Speaking after the match, Gerrard was effusive in his praise of both players and said that he will be watching them closely moving forward.
“I thought young Dicksie was terrific,” he said (via STV).
“I thought he played with energy, he played with personality and he played with character and he is the type that will never let me down. He has probably had a similar upbringing to myself and he knows what it means to represent Rangers and the shirt, so we gave him an opportunity to come and train with us five or six weeks ago and he has been terrific every single day.
“He has earned that opportunity. Young Leon is a bit different. OK, he got the chance tonight because a couple drop out late but he was ready as well and training very well. He is still very young, he’s just turned 17 so I’ll be watching them closely now to see how they react to that taste.”
These sort of matches are an opportunity for the manager to experiment with his squad and it was great to see two homegrown young players given their debuts.
Rangers have a very competitive squad, but Gerrard will be keen to continue for the young players to put pressure on those above them to perform.
With so many matches to go around, Dickson and Young will get the opportunities to play if they can impress and as Calvin Bassey has shown, Gerrard will select young players if they can excel.
The manager’s comments about Dickson were incredibly complementary and if he can grow into half the player Gerrard was, Rangers have a real talent on their hands.
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