Former Rangers star criticises Gers over lack of homegrown talents

Former Rangers striker Kenny Miller has criticised the Gers over the lack of players that have come through the club’s youth system and compared that with another of his former clubs, Celtic, who have several ‘homegrown’ players in their side.

Miller pointed to the likes of Allan McGregor, Barry Ferguson and Alan Hutton as examples of success stories at Ibrox but admits thinks that with only Ryan Jack likely to make the Scotland squad, “questions need to be asked.”

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JUNE 29: Kenny Miller of Rangers celebrates Rangers first goal during the UEFA Europa League first qualifying round match between Rangers and Progres Niederkorn at the Ibrox Stadium on June 29, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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The veteran striker thinks that clubs are “toiling” to bring young talent through and thinks the emergence of Mikey Johnstone is further proof of where Rangers are going wrong.

“(Allan) McGregor, (Barry) Ferguson and (Alan) Hutton were there before. All these guys were in the system prior to Murray Park being there. Yeah they might have started out there, but they were already in the system,” Miller told BBC Sportsound, as quoted by Football Scotland.

“It’s about who has come through at Rangers since Murray Park being there. There’s not too many.

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“You look at Celtic in the last three years, three of their best performers, Callum McGregor, James Forrest and Kieran Tierney. All homegrown boys. Mikey Johnston broke through last year and is really coming to prominence this year.

“It’s not easy, but questions need to be asked why are one of the biggest teams in the country are toiling to bring players through.

“I’m trying to think outside of Ryan Jack, who could be in the Scotland squad out of the Rangers team.”

While Miller has a point regarding Ryan Jack being the only one of the Rangers side who is likely to be in the Scotland squad, that’s more a question of many of the Gers squad simply not being eligible.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - OCTOBER 23: Kenny Miller of Rangers and Erik Sviatchenko of Celtic in action during the Betfred Cup Semi Final match between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on October 23, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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Steve Clarke would kill for the likes of Jermain Defoe, Alfredo Morelos and Niko Katic to be available for Scotland – while one national newspaper even floated the idea of James Tavernier getting a Scotland cap.

There maybe isn’t a huge number of players in the first-team squad just now from Rangers but a look at the some of the Scotland youth squads shows just how many talented young players are coming through at Ibrox.

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