By Alan Hutton
Alan Hutton has claimed Rangers and Celtic should take a leaf out of Chelsea’s book and seek to improve their youth network.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Gers defender said there is a pressure at the top Scottish clubs to “win instantly”, making it difficult to develop youth talent within the clubs.
According to The Sun‘s Andy Dillon (10 September), Chelsea are keen to set up a network of feeder clubs across Europe.
The new owners want to “revamp the whole structure” at Stamford Bridge, including the development of youth players.
Todd Boehly is said to be looking to copy and improve upon the network put in place by Man City with feeder clubs all over the continent.
When asked if Celtic and Rangers could take a leaf out of Chelsea’s book, Hutton told Football Insider: “I think everybody can improve there’s no getting away from that.
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“The problem with Rangers and Celtic is that you have to win instantly, you don’t get time, you don’t have that time to bring in three or four youth players and say ‘on you go, go and play and develop’ because you have to win trophies. You have to win the league, you have to get in to Europe and there’s always that pressure there but they are trying.
“You look at the teams in the Lowland leagues, they try and develop the players there. The big problem in Scotland is that bigger teams will always try and pick your players off. The likes of Rory Wilson, Billy Gilmour, these situations where you see them going down for minimum fees.
“But Scotland also do it. You look at Joe Aribo coming to Rangers for next to nothing so it does work both ways but I think all teams could do better in bringing young players through and developing them into the first team.“
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By Alan Hutton