Dalglish believes Gerrard should follow Celtic trend

By David Walton

May 27, 2021

Kenny Dalglish believes Steven Gerrard should follow Celtic’s lead and start using more Scottish players to help the national team.

Over the course of the season, Celtic have had a host of Scotland players playing for them. Callum McGregor, Ryan Christie, David Turnbull, Greg Taylor, and James Forrest are all off to the Euros with the national team. Not to mention Stephen Welsh has managed to breakthrough and become a regular too.

Meanwhile, Rangers, whilst winning the league, only have one Scotland player going to the Euros. This is due to the number of English and foreign players Gerrard has recruited during his time at Ibrox. Indeed, the Rangers manager has been allowed overhaul after overhaul, with so much dross coming and going under him. All the while failing to recruit some of Scotland’s top young talent.

And Dalglish believes his transfer policy isn’t helping the Scotland team as he encouraged the Rangers manager to follow Celtic’s lead.

“Might improve their performances”

As quoted by Sky Sports, Dalglish said: “The players now (with Scotland), there are four or five who are first choices in the Premier League. It’s a while since we’ve had that and that’s good going forward.

“Steven Gerrard could do with signing another couple of Scottish players to get them in the Rangers team – that might improve their performances as well. Steven’s got a few English and foreign players in there which doesn’t help us and they’re the best team in Scotland by far at the moment.

“But in saying that, Celtic still have a couple of boys playing for Scotland. They’re playing at a higher level, I think, although this year has been difficult for them. It all looks pretty promising but we’ve got a really, really difficult section. Just to be there, as long as we can compete, I’m sure we’ll get satisfaction.”

Celtic continue to lead the way in giving young Scottish players a chance

It’s no surprise that we’re represented so heavily by young Scottish talent at the Euros. In recent years we’ve done extremely well to give young Scots a chance to shine in the team.

Welsh has broken through this season whilst, last term, there were opportunities for the likes of Scott Robertson and Karamoko Dembele. Granted, our development of academy players certainly hasn’t been our strong point.

But what we have done is manage to build a core of Scottish players in our side. All five of the players going to the Euros have been Celtic regulars this season. Even if our lack of success hardly represents a good season, they’ve proven themselves in the past.

David Turnbull has bossed it for Celtic this season / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Now, they’re mostly regulars in Steve Clarke’s Scotland squad. Turnbull may have yet to win his first cap, but it looks like he’ll be a regular pick from now on. It shows that Celtic still like to have a solid Scottish group in their team.

In turn, this helps the national team. The fact that the likes of McGregor, Christie, and Forrest have regularly played at the top level with Celtic means they’ll be more than ready for what lies ahead at the Euros. The same goes for the development of younger players such as Turnbull and Taylor.

Club success is always the most important thing. That’s what Rangers will no doubt point to. But we’ve proven over the last decade that you can both enjoy tremendous success whilst developing young Scottish talent. That’s something our rivals have still to truly learn.

In other news, Odsonne Edouard is looking forward to having fans back at Parkhead next season.