With Rangers doing their utmost to make Ibrox a fortress again in recent years, the Gers haven’t placed too much importance on blooding the young stars of tomorrow.
Indeed, with Rangers fighting tooth and nail to reclaim the Scottish Premiership title, something they did last season, they couldn’t afford to hand out chances to their up and coming stars.
Nathan Patterson was afforded minutes before moving to Everton but aside from that, young faces have found life difficult to make the grade in Glasgow.
After all, the only teenager in Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s squad at the moment is Amad Diallo and even he is on loan from Manchester United.
With that in mind, you can hardly argue against a certain Billy Gilmour for taking his leave and joining Chelsea in a measly £500k deal a few years ago.
Scottish football was issued a timely reminder this week of how much more it needs to do to offer its young talents a route to the first team when it was reported that Celtic’s “generational talent” in Ben Doak was closing in on a move to Liverpool at the tender age of 16.
That’s precisely why the likes of Rangers have tried to pluck away young gems from some less prestigious leagues around the globe.
In April of 2020, they completed the signing of Charlie Lindsay from Glentoran who was enthused by the idea of working with Steven Gerrard.
A midfield player himself, the move to Scotland was an easy one for Lindsay and even if he’s never been seen in the Rangers first-team yet, the future is still incredibly bright for a teenager who is just 17 years of age.
The Northern Irishman has earned rave reviews for his performances at youth level with The Athletic’s Jordan Campbell saying that he was “running the show” earlier this term.
Campbell rates the youngster incredibly highly, hailing his passing ability as “absolutely sublime” while explaining that you simply can’t teach the level of imagination that Lindsay possesses.
Capable of playing in various roles in midfield, including in the no.10 role and out wide, there can certainly be comparisons drawn to a certain Paul Gascoigne.
That is a lofty similarity to pluck but when you consider that the attacking midfield has already been mentioned in the same breath as Wayne Rooney, it’s easy to see why we’ve made it.
Speaking during the 2020 Alkass Cup, former footballer Chris Makin said: “I don’t think anyone has had a tournament like him. Joint top scorer heading into the last day, and a natural finisher, he reminds me so much of Wayne Rooney.”
The quality he showed at that competition was full evidence of that. Against the Mohammed VI Academy, he raced clear down the right channel and then stuck an effort past the goalkeeper with remarkable composure. He then also sent a crisply struck effort into the bottom corner against Aspire Academy after outpacing the defender, demonstrating thevast array of strings he has to his bow.
The confidence was unerring and arguably echoed not only that of Rooney, but a vibrant Gazza as well.
Described as “special” by David Lowry, a popular figure at Glentoran, Lindsay is certainly someone the Ibrox faithful should be getting excited about in the coming years.