de boer encourages rangers to adopt ajax blueprint

16:29    10 Apr 2019

Steven Gerrard
Former Rangers forward Ronald de Boer has urged Steven Gerrard to give youth a bigger chance in the new season.

The Liverpool legend, now Rangers head coach, has already expressed his desire to bolster his squad an attempt to close the gap on league holders Celtic in the 2019-20 campaign, but De Boer wants his former employers to follow a different approach.

Ajax Amsterdam have a reported wage bill of just £12million - less than Celtic - but are in the quarterfinals of this season's UEFA Champions League.

De Boer, who rose through the ranks at Ajax, believes it is of the Gers best interest to invest in their youth.

He told the Herald: “I am in favour of giving the kids time. Rangers shouldn’t think they have to challenge Celtic right away

“At the end of the day, when you bring through your own players your club will be so healthy.

“It is also great for the fans to have local boys in their team. That is something special.

“If you put a lot of money into the youth system like we do at Ajax then in the end you will get the results.

De Boer continued: "When that is working properly, when you have good youth coaches, then you will always be a very healthy club.

“Sometimes you have a good generation and you have four or five players who come through to the first team.

“But you are also doing well if you have one or if you are lucky two coming through into the first team. That is a very healthy situation.

“I think Rangers should look to do it more and not just focus on signing players for the first team. It always starts with the foundation and the pillars of success are the youth," he concluded.
 

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