Jack Hastie and Sheyi Ojo have already signed, George Edmundson (Daily Record) and Joe Aribo (Football Insider) look to be on their way. There’s somewhat of a youthful vibe from the majority of Rangers’ signings this summer.
With an average age of 21 years and 273 days between the four players, it is clear that Steven Gerrard is looking towards the future this summer by signing those who can one day go on to be full first-team members of the squad whilst also having enough experience under their belts to make a somewhat immediate impact on the squad.
Aribo, for instance, was a talisman for Charlton last season as the League One side gained promotion into the Championship as the midfielder’s 10 goals and five assists not only sent the Addicks to the play-offs but also into the deciding final itself as the 22-year-old scored in the first-leg semi-final against Doncaster Rovers, and this kind of experience is what Rangers appear to be looking for in young players.
Of course, signing strictly young players can have it’s problems as it can lead to having a squad that is too inexperienced, which is why Rangers have done well to bring in veteran heads in the form of Steven Davis on a permanent transfer and Greg Stewart on a free from Birmingham City as well as the youngster mentioned before.
The Scottish Premiership has largely been seen as a league where veteran players from England crawl up to in their twilight years to finish off their careers, but in these Rangers signings it is making a statement that Scotland is a good place to continue development and that it can be a good stepping stone in a promising player’s career.
Rangers fans, will the young players signed this summer make a positive impact next season? Let us know!