The debuts handed by to teenagers Leon King and Ciaran Dickson by Steven Gerrard on Sunday highlights the “big difference” between Rangers and Celtic right now.

That is according to former Aberdeen and Leeds United forward Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs about the debutants performance in the second-half at Falkirk.

King, 16, and Dickson, 18, made their debuts for the Gers on Sunday in a 4-0 victory over Falkirk in the Scottish League Cup.

Hours earlier Celtic had been beaten 2-0 at home by Ross County to pile further pressure on Hoops boss Neil Lennon.

Whelan heaped praise on King and Dickson for making the successful step up to first team football.

“Gerrard is in a great position to be able to play his youth,” he told Football Insider.

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“Neil Lennon would have loved to have been able to do that against Ross County but he has to put out his established first team.

“Rangers are in a fantastic place. The players are in a great state of mind and that allows Gerrard the freedom to chuck in some of his bright youth players along with the experienced players.

“It gives them invaluable experience and a runout that they deserve. The boys did not let him down.

 

“You can see the big difference between the two football clubs right now. It is chalk and cheese at the minute with Rangers and Celtic. Dickson and King coming in really shows the difference between the clubs right now, in a nutshell.

“Gerrard is getting the same levels of performances from a squad that is consistently changed.”  

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