Youth/development players

mandingo

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After reading the Nathan Young Coombes interview it got me thinking about our youths who admittedly I don't know much about.

So for those on here that follow our youth teams, who are our best prospects?
 

PedrosCaravan

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Stephen Kelly - exciting dynamic midfielder think potentially a young Barry but needs to get a bit of strength to play in the spfl.
Dapo Mebude - super skillful can play across the front 4
Jordan Huston - exciting full back
Robbie Mccrorie - Ross' twin future shagger
josh Mcpake - cultured attacking midfielder won academy player of the year
Zak Rudden - Strong poacher who has done very well at Falkirk on loan
Young-coomes - attacker who looks like he could play across the four because he has a laudrupesq close control and mols esq turn and simpson esq hair
Andrew Dallas - is away on loan but was knocking on the first teams door because he just kept scoring.
Serge Atakayi - one of the few to have a first team competitive debut. Came on against the hammer throwers Motherwell and immediately was given a long term injury which may be why Gerrard has been a bit more careful with handing out debuts. skillful winger who has recovered and been sent on loan to Finland.
Budinaukas - u18 GK who had a fantastic tournament when we won in the middle east.
 
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SuperGers07

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There's a lad being touted as the best of the bunch within the club, Leon King.

Kevin Thomson says this lad has all the attributed to make it here.

Kelly, Mebude and Atakayi (he's out on loan) must have a decent chance
 

PedrosCaravan

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I have run through a few because those are the ones that have got my attention although other posters know much much more than I. A lot of the players have all the talent but as we know its all about their mind set and how they grow physically in order to make the next few steps.
 

ca100

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What's happened to Aiden Wilson? He looked quite promising i felt when he appeared under Caixinha a few times, has he developed since?

There is also the lad that played centre half in a pre season friendly at Ibrox last summer (wigan?). He's out on loan but i forget his name?

Dallas was banging the goals in for the reserves, but looks to have struggled a bit since going to morton on loan. Albeit they're a struggling side just now.

There does seem a be a fair few that are showing potential. Fair to say out best lot in about 10 years? Challenge for everyone at the club is getting them to make the transition from promising youth to first team player.
 

PedrosCaravan

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What's happened to Aiden Wilson? He looked quite promising i felt when he appeared under Caixinha a few times, has he developed since?

There is also the lad that played centre half in a pre season friendly at Ibrox last summer (wigan?). He's out on loan but i forget his name?

Dallas was banging the goals in for the reserves, but looks to have struggled a bit since going to morton on loan. Albeit they're a struggling side just now.

There does seem a be a fair few that are showing potential. Fair to say out best lot in about 10 years? Challenge for everyone at the club is getting them to make the transition from promising youth to first team player.

Kyle Bradley?
 

MSF

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What's happened to Aiden Wilson? He looked quite promising i felt when he appeared under Caixinha a few times, has he developed since?

There is also the lad that played centre half in a pre season friendly at Ibrox last summer (wigan?). He's out on loan but i forget his name?

Dallas was banging the goals in for the reserves, but looks to have struggled a bit since going to morton on loan. Albeit they're a struggling side just now.

There does seem a be a fair few that are showing potential. Fair to say out best lot in about 10 years? Challenge for everyone at the club is getting them to make the transition from promising youth to first team player.
Wilson had a few failed loan spells, same as Bradley (the boy you’re talking about).

From what I’ve read Dallas isn’t ready for 1st team football at that level right now, which is probably a bit worrying but theres still time.

This is probably a rather harsh opinion, but I don’t think anyone from the current U21s group will make it at us bar Robby McCrorie. The level below them are much more talented,
 

PedrosCaravan

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Wilson had a few failed loan spells, same as Bradley (the boy you’re talking about).

From what I’ve read Dallas isn’t ready for 1st team football at that level right now, which is probably a bit worrying but theres still time.

This is probably a rather harsh opinion, but I don’t think anyone from the current U21s group will make it at us bar Robby McCrorie. The level below them are much more talented,

even dapo?
 

ca100

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Wilson had a few failed loan spells, same as Bradley (the boy you’re talking about).

From what I’ve read Dallas isn’t ready for 1st team football at that level right now, which is probably a bit worrying but theres still time.

This is probably a rather harsh opinion, but I don’t think anyone from the current U21s group will make it at us bar Robby McCrorie. The level below them are much more talented,
Disappointing to see that about Wilson, although i did suspect that might be the case. Didn't realise Burt was still only 20, i assumed older given that he made his debut for us 3 years ago.

What;s your thoughts on Kelly?
 

Boydscores

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The major factor In creati g a World Class Academy is finance. Rangers are trying to replicate the Ajax model. We are well on our way but it costs an absolute fortune to implement and maintain. Ajax in days gone by(And maybe still do) used to put 50% of any incoming transfer fees into their academy. Obviously The Rangers are not in a position,at this time,to copy that part at this time.
The Support need to try and help the financing of this.
 

PedrosCaravan

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Disappointing to see that about Wilson, although i did suspect that might be the case. Didn't realise Burt was still only 20, i assumed older given that he made his debut for us 3 years ago.

What;s your thoughts on Kelly?

I would argue with MSF that Kelly and Mebude are two that could break through in the coming years
 

Stanley Yelnats

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Finlayson the boy at centre half looks a player any time I’ve seen him. He captained us to Glasgow Cup glory against the tarriers in the final last year.

Good physical height and build for a defender and calm and composed on the ball. He’s also an international with Northern Ireland U21’s and he’s only 18 IIRC.

He’s one I’ll be keeping a close eye on.
 

Yankeeger

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Finlayson the boy at centre half looks a player any time I’ve seen him. He captained us to Glasgow Cup glory against the tarriers in the final last year.

Good physical height and build for a defender and calm and composed on the ball. He’s also an international with Northern Ireland U21’s and he’s only 18 IIRC.

He’s one I’ll be keeping a close eye on.

He’s just scored first minute against the Tims , Gers 1 up
 

MMols99

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Would be great in the summer if we only buy 3/4 first team quality players then introduce a couple of lads from the academy rather than sign squad fillers from other clubs.
 

Eck2104

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There was a boy I was very impressed with in that Dubai tournament. Cant remember his name now. So composed on the ball. Had long black hair
 

subversive_bear

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I kinda hoped that we might have seen a few more youngsters blooded in the first team this season; although I do appreciate that the management team are probably a tad better qualified to be deciding when they are ready.
 

PedrosCaravan

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He’s a group or two below u21.
Gerrard himself, recently said he’s a cert.
I thought he played a lot with the reserves and was even around the first team squad. Didn't realise he was so young! Mccrorie, Billy Gilmore and others have all said he is crazy good.
 

tazzabear

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I thought he played a lot with the reserves and was even around the first team squad. Didn't realise he was so young! Mccrorie, Billy Gilmore and others have all said he is crazy good.
You’re on a hiding here!
Seriously, you’re right.
Very highly thought of and probably not the most highly thought of!
I’ve read, more than once, his kid brother is even better.
 
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