He still played for us and made it into the first team and played and scored in Cup final wins.
I think this is something people forget when discussing youth players who break into our team. Not every one of them is going to be a Barry Ferguson, sometimes us developing and progressing youth team players into useful squad additions benefits other areas of the squad.
Take our 10 worst signings over the past 5 seasons. Nobody would be able to convince me that we couldn't be developing youth players of a better or even an equal standing. Then factor in those transfer fees saved in not having to pay for squad fillers etc.
Maurice Ross and Bob Malcolm have 10 winners medals for us between them, and whilst never being close to being the star men - they have deemed to be useful squad members in successful trophy winning Rangers teams.
I'm not expecting a superstar a season from the youth ranks, but I think we could do better in regards to youth player progression.