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Tuesday, 07 February 2017 14:08

Meet The Young Gers

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Rangers Manager Daz84 has been quietly investing in youth, with 6 of his 17 man squad under the age of 24 but with a few old dogs in the squad to help guide the youngsters it looks like a good mix of youth and experience at Ibrox these days. Although youth seems to be an expensive taste in the world of PEN, Daz is hellbent on filling the squad with young hot prospects and watching them rise to the top.
 
The oldest of the 6 young guns is Ben Gibson who was captain of Premiership side Middlesbrough and impressing a host of top European sides but it was Rangers who secured his signature when manager Daz84 swooned him with a weekend at Butlins. He is currently learning under old veteran Lorik Cana who he is an understudy for and will be taking over from the Albanian when he finally hangs up his boots.
 
At 23 years of age it sounds ridiculous to say but Andrea Belotti is considered a late bloomer in the world of football as it was only last season he broke on to the scene with his goalscoring antics but nonetheless its been a meteoric rise to the top for the Italian. After impressing at Palermo he was bought by Torino where he started to excel in front of goal with a goal ratio of 1:2. This run of form prompt the Rangers manager into action and bring him to Glasgow for 40m PENce to spearhead his attack and learn under the French marksman Karim Benzema.
 
 
The remaining 4 players of the Young Gers are all 21 years of age and all have the potential to reach the top of the game. Up first is Croatian Mario Pasalic who when on loan at AC Milan from Chelsea was impressing in the Serie A enough for the Rangers manager to slap down a 40m offer that was accepted instantly, the 2nd is midfield powerhouse Seko Fofana who was signed after Daz84 saw him play for Udinese and after dominating the game he signed him and took him back to Glasgow that night on his private reliant robin.
 
The last 2 are arguably the brightest stars of the lot, firstly Sergej Milinkovic Savic who after excelling at youth international level was signed by Lazio and he helped transform them from bottom feeders to top 6 challengers in the space of a year, this was more than enough to convince the Rangers boss to ask his board of directors(B.O.D) to bring him to the club no matter what the price. Last but not least is the young and super fast Spaniard Hector Bellerin after coming through the Barcelona youth set-up he was snapped up by Arsenal and quickly become one of the hottest players in Europe, after establishing himself in the Arsenal starting line-up and interesting lots of European clubs it was the big spending Scotsman who made the move for him with an eye watering 55m deal estimated to secure his services. Since his arrival at Ibrox he has been deployed as a wide midfielder(RM) instead of a full back(RB) and it has benefited his game massively in the attacking sense, scoring goals and creating a lot more chances too.
 
 
The future sure looks bright at Glasgow Rangers with this influx of youth and talent, the manager has stated he isn't finished either as he has his eyes on a defender and goalkeeper to bring the average age of his squad down even more, while Rangers sit joint top of the tough PS4 D1 East league who can argue with his philosophy. Who said you can't win anything with kids?
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