By Alan Hutton

25th Nov, 2021 | 8:30am

Rangers TV pundit fears confirmed Van Bronckhorst plan is a non-starter

Alan Hutton has warned Giovanni van Bronckhorst “doesn’t have the time” to focus on youth development at Rangers this season.

The former Ibrox defender and Rangers TV pundit, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the new Gers boss needs to focus on working with the first team after replacing Steven Gerrard.

As quoted by the Daily Record (22nd November), Van Bronckhorst admitted he “loves working with young talent” and that he will be scouring the academy for potential first-team prospects.

Rangers have not had many young talents break into the senior side, with Nathan Patterson the most notable recent name.

However, Hutton insisted Van Bronckhorst should wait until the end of the season before taking a good look at the club’s hot prospects.

Hutton told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “It’s all about winning. At this present moment, he doesn’t have the time on his side to go in and say: ‘Right, I’m into the academy to bring all these players in.’

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“I don’t really think the timing is right at the moment. If there is someone there that’s ready and available to come into the first team, work with the first team and he can have a good look at him, no problem.

“I’ve seen that all through my years at Rangers and Villa. If there was somebody ready, they would come up and they would train with the first team. The decision would be for the manager to make, whether he was ready or not.

“As a long-term project, of course. Going into pre-season, taking kids away, really looking at their development, that’s when you want to do that. In the future.

“But right now, the most important thing is winning football games. Getting this first team off the floor, their confidence back and back to winning ways.

“That is objective A. Objective B will be bringing the kids through at a later date.”

Van Bronckhorst watched from the stands as Rangers lost 3-1 to Hibernian in the League Cup semi-finals on Sunday.

His first game in charge will be Thursday’s Europa League tie versus Sparta Prague.

In other news, Rangers may sign a defender in January after Kieran Maguire’s £5m Ibrox reveal.