TIMESTALKER: Should McCoist gamble with kids at Rangers?

NO says Matthew Lindsay

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McCoist had a selection headache in defence on Saturday
McCoist had a selection headache in defence on Saturday

NO says Matthew Lindsay

ALLY McCOIST suggested he might promote promising kids Luca Gasparotto and Craig Halkett to his side before the Ayr United game on Saturday.

First-choice centre-backs Lee McCulloch and Bilel Mohsni were suspended for the SPFL League One meeting at Somerset Park at the weekend.

But McCoist opted for the experience of Brazilian defender Emilson Cribari and Frenchman Sebastien Faure against the Honest Men. He was right. Until the third-tier title is won he has an obligation to put out the strongest side available.

Failure to win or even draw at Rangers always results in unrest among the support and, with three trophies to play for, he is right to try to avoid that.

Last season they won the Third Division at a canter. But the mumping and moaning of fans at some results was deafening.

When the League One trophy nestles safely next to all the other silverware the club has, he can give youth its chance.

YES says John McGILL

RANGERS are out of sight of their nearest rivals Dunfermline at the top of the SPFL League One table. It is now a question of when they will sew up the title and by how many points.

So why not give some of the promising youngsters emerging at Murray Park some experience of playing in the first team?

What was the point in playing Emilson Cribari at centre half in the league meeting with Ayr United on Saturday?

The Brazillian - who played well and helped his side to a clean sheet - will not dislodge Lee McCulloch or Bilel Mohsni from the first team any time soon.

So why not give young Luca Gasparotto or Craig Halketta taste of senior football?

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It's likely the kids will back up the established players in the Championship in the 2014/15 campaign, so they should be given game time now when nothing is at stake.


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