Glasgow Rangers have a history of developing youth players and giving them a chance to shine in the first team. Think back to Charlie Miller during the nine-in-a-row era, who was arguably one of Scottish football’s greatest talents before the weight of expectation weighed him down.
The recent success story comes from young right-back Nathan Patterson, who – after making an impression for Rangers B – was brought into the first-team squad and made his debut in January 2020 in the Scottish Cup against Stranraer.
He only made 27 senioir appearances for the Light Blues before Everton came calling last January to sign the youngster for a then-club record sale of £16m.
However, it already looks like Rangers have their next big-money talent, and he could follow in Patterson’s footsteps in the right-back position…
Adam Devine was given his debut for the club in the 2-0 win over Dundee United at the tail end of last season and made his first start against Hearts, when Van Bronckhorst let loose a bunch of young talent in a 3-1 victory.
Although the 19-year-old plays in the same position as Rangers captain James Tavernier, the youngster looks like a very capable deputy whenever the 30 year is unavailable, and he started the recent 3-1 victory over Queen of the South in the League Cup.
With fellow right-back and January signing Mateusz Zukowski having left to join Lech Poznan on loan, it will surely give Devine a big confidence boost, knowing that he is now the main deputy to Tavernier at right-back, and this could be crucial in his development.
Journalist Craig Vickers has described Devine as “powerful” in the past, and the teenager’s talent is clear for all to see.
With the Rangers captain approaching 31 next month, and despite his incredible performances for the club, he won’t be around forever.
Van Bronckhorst should be moulding Devine into being ready to take over from Tavernier when the time comes, and there is every chance that the youngster will be ready to grab his big opportunity.
Who knows, Rangers might just have their next big-money talent waiting in the wings.