STEVEN Gerrard will hope that Rangers can secure second spot as quickly as possible and he can use whatever fixtures are remaining to give some of the younger players in the squad a chance.

It is one thing seeing them behind closed doors or in friendly fixtures, but you need to know if they can handle the atmosphere at Ibrox, if they are ready for a competitive game.

Rangers have a lot of emphasis on the Academy right now and there are a number of really promising young players within the system at the moment.

Steven already has one eye on next season and when it comes to young players you are thinking about the season after that as well when you consider their progression and where you want them to be playing their football.

Supporters always like to see players coming through the ranks and getting their chance.

And I am sure Steven will do that in the coming weeks if the kids prove that they have earned it and that they are good enough to make that step up.