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Rangers FC blog: The Return of Nacho Novo would stifle youth development

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Pic: Actionplus.co.uk

Pic: Actionplus.co.uk

Since being unveiled as one of the legends to play in the Rangers v Manchester United legends match, Nacho Novo has declared his interest to rejoin the Ibrox side.

He played a vital role in leading Rangers to the UEFA cup final 2008 in Manchester and also won six trophies during his six-year spell at the club.

Before taking part in the legends match Nacho Novo claimed he would use this friendly as a platform to prove to Ally McCoist he could still play a vital role in putting Rangers back into top flight football.

During Monday’s match Novo’s performance was somewhat below par in comparison to what we Rangers fans expect to see in next season’s squad. It looked as if he had lost his pace, lost the vision to pick out a killer pass and other attributes which made him an Ibrox favourite.

The question I am putting to my fellow Rangers fans is – Do we want and need him back?

Many fans I have spoken to are of the mindset, that a Novo return would be the perfect scenario for Rangers, but I have to strongly disagree with that stance.

Since the day Rangers were demoted to the Scottish Third Division, I have felt like the decision was a blessing in disguise and a great move for Scottish football as a whole.

Yes we may have lost all but six of our senior players and didn’t even get the chance of a pre-season friendly, but this gave Rangers the perfect opportunity to develop their youngsters.

Before this season we had been guilty of ignorantly leaving out our youngsters and bringing in new players in an attempt to secure Premier league titles and European qualification.

Left with no other option, Ally McCoist had to go with youth this season and despite the lower standards of football this decision proved to be a great success, with players such as Lewis MacLeod, Barrie McKay and Fraser Aird proving they have what it takes to become first team regulars at Ibrox.

My personal opinion is that if Nacho Novo was to make a return to Ibrox, then McCoist would almost certainly select him over one of our young rising stars and this is not what Rangers need.

I want to be seeing our rising stars running out of the Ibrox tunnel and developing into players we could very well take back into the SPL and securing the title.

My view is that youth is the way forward and we should not be looking back to former players, such as Novo, as a short-term solution to the detriment of our emerging talent.

I can only hope Rangers acknowledge the fans views regarding their new signing policy and continue to strive with the young Auchenhowie graduates at the helm of the club. This decision would not only prove to all that Auchenhowie can produce young talented footballers, but can also give Scotland a bright national future to look forward too.

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