written by – John McIntosh
It’s transfer deadline day however there is no hope for a big signing for Rangers in the late hours. Instead we are reported to be looking at bringing in a handful of Newcastle players on loan – you read that right there is no problems with Mike Ashley dual ownership here…
Some of these players will, if actually played, bring some energy and something different to a side bereft of any confidence and in most cases – footballing ability. However at best this is short-termism of the highest nature. At worst these loan deals represent money going back to Mike Ashley’s pockets meaning the second lot of £5 million will be needed soon and call me a cynic but I suggest we will “need” the extra £5 million loan around the 27th February when security of Ibrox is allowed again.
Most of us can safely agree that Mike Ashley is only interested in himself and deals that help to promote his Sports Direct brand. He is a successful businessman, completely ruthless however he is horrible for football clubs and he is on the verge of destroying our club. Ee have to hope that King wins the EGM and we can move forward with men with Rangers interests at heart looking to invest, investment is an alien concept to Ashley and the spivs.
Anyways…back to why these loans are not good for our football club and the horrendous knock on effect this will have. If as expected between four and six Newcastle players come in on loan tonight then the demoralising effect this will have on our own young players will be disastrous. A few of the under 20s have already voiced their discontent at the lack of opportunities to progress to the first team.
We have seen this already with the talented Charlie Telfer moving on to Dundee United due to a lack of first team chances and he is flourishing playing for a team that likes to get the ball on the deck and play football the right way – whilst handing opportunities to young players, some of his comments are direct digs at our management team and that will hurt Charlie as he is a massive bluenose and joined us from a very young age.
Not only our youngsters but we have had the chance to sign Danny Wilson, Fraser Fyvie, Scott Allan, Kenny McLean and Andy Robertson all for very little money and have turned them down I find such poor judgement sickening. Renewing Kyle Hutton’s contract, who has showed nothing in his time with us over giving Scott Allan the move he wanted is another example of this.
So picture this- five Newcastle players come in on loan and most of them come in to the first team, okay I don’t want to pre-judge these lads and perhaps a few of them will become good players for us, but how do you think talented young players such as Liam Kelly, Luca Gasparotto, Andy Murdoch, Calum Gallagher, Barrie McKay,Ryan Hardie along with a few more youngsters will feel about this?
So some Newcastle “cast offs” come in and go straight into the first team whilst these lads who are training 100% and in good form showing their talent and potential but are not given a second look whilst our “parent club” shift off their rejects and they slot straight in.
Many people have said that when we were demoted to the Third Division that we should have employed a youth philosophy that would see our youngsters gaining plenty of opportunities to flourish, we blew the perfect chance however promoting young players should not be such a problem as we are finding it.
I will give some examples where we have failed the youngsters, Steve Simonsen’s contract runs out and we let go of Scott Gallacher the logical thing would have been to promote Liam Kelly however we bring back a joke keeper at 35 years of age. The league is won around February/March time last season & Charlie Telfer was still deemed “not ready” to play against mechanics and shop workers in a league already won if we didn’t laugh we’d cry.
Another is Luca Gasparotto being well down in the pecking order behind such stars as Lee McCulloch, Bilel Mohsni and Marius Zaliukus, or Andy Murdoch not able to get a chance ahead of Kyle Hutton and Ian Black. Liam Kelly behind Simonsen and Robinson. Our average age is 29, I’m afraid that this whole dad’s army approach is completely wrong.
As the Rangers Report has previously discussed Callum Gallagher has the best goals for game ratio this season whilst at Cowdenbeath, yet since being recalled from loan has not featured for us this beggars belief. Barrie McKay is enjoying a fantastic spell at Raith Rovers but when the option came to recalling him he was told stay at Raith, Barrie came on twitter very disappointed about this.
It’s not only about this crop of talented youngsters but for future generations we have now got a reputation of a club who doesn’t trust youngsters and why would any parent or agent advise a youngster to join Rangers when he will have to leave to get a chance to further his career.
The fans and the young talent deserve far better from our club.
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