Rangers told to emulate Chelsea after McPake source reveal - McLeish

By Alex McLeish

30th Apr, 2022 | 10:00am

Rangers told to match Chelsea after 'big-money' Josh McPake source reveal - McLeish

Rangers can copy Chelsea by selling unwanted youth products for “big fees” in the transfer market.

That is according to former Gers boss Alex McLeish, who was speaking exclusively to Football Insider in the wake of an update on Ibrox youngster Josh McPake.

A Rangers source has told this site that Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side have now given the green light for McPake, 20, to secure a permanent transfer.

Only goalkeepers Allan McGregor and Robby McCrorie are members of the current Gers squad to have graduated from the club’s academy system.

McLeish insisted Rangers may as well rake in transfer fees for players who won’t make the grade.

He told Football Insider‘s Russell Edge: “If they can generate some big money for these sorts of players they feel are not up to the required level, then why not?

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“That’s good business. Chelsea have done it over a vast number of years.

“Chelsea have got these players in and later on down the line, they’ve secured big fees for them – and there are plenty of other clubs who have done the same.

“Why not Rangers?

“It really does take a lot to play at the Scottish Premiership level for Rangers. The demands it comes with are massive, and you can’t always get it right.

“There won’t always be players coming off the conveyor belt, but if there’s a method of raising big money for players who can’t make the grade – then it’s a no-brainer.”

Last season alone, Chelsea raked in a reported £35million in fees for Under-23 stars – including Tino Livramento and Marc Guehi.

Rangers sold academy graduate Nathan Patterson for a reported £12million in the January window.

In other news, Football Insider reveals Alex Lowry close to agreeing new Rangers deal.