By Sean Fisher

1st Dec, 2022 | 1:40pm

Michael Beale to promote Charlie McCann and Adam Devine to Rangers senior side - BBC Scotland journalist

Michael Beale is set to hand out four huge opportunities to promising Rangers youngsters after his appointment at Ibrox this week, according to BBC Scotland’s Kheredine Idessane.

Beale will already be familiar with a number of staff and players at Rangers after he spent three years at Ibrox under Steven Gerrard as his assistant manager.

The 42-year-old now finds himself at the helm in Glasgow and one of his first decisions as manager seems to be regarding a number of young prospects in the club’s academy.

According to Idessane, Charlie McCann, Adam Devine, Alex Lowry and Zak Lovelace are all set to be given first-team opportunities at Ibrox.

Idessane took to Twitter on 27 November to report that Beale is expected to let younger players get their chance at the club.

Let the youngsters shine

Beale’s strength as a manager comes in his understanding of players and their technical ability. The former QPR boss has a superb eye for talent and has clearly already identified four players at Rangers he believes can be future stars.

Expecting him to close the gap to Celtic in his first season in charge may be too big an ask considering the nine-point gap already built from the first half of the season, but Beale can use his first few months to really get his hands on the squad and maybe introduce some youngsters to the fray.

The schedule after the Premiership returns is hectic and will require lots of rotation – especially considering Rangers’ injury issues.

That opens up plenty of opportunity for youngsters to shine, and it’s great news that Beale is reportedly ready to unleash the club’s academy stars.

In what has been a torrid season so far, unearthing an academy gem and handing them an opportunity to shine could be a rare shining light for Gers fans.

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