By Tom Blackburn
Rangers have confirmed the arrival of coach Graeme Murty from Norwich by unveiling him as their head development squad coach.
The Glasgow giants announced the new coach on their website and official Twitter account, with academy chief Craig Mulholland welcoming Murty to the club.
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“As we aim to create a modern progressive Academy it is important that we appoint individuals who understand our philosophy and will fit into our one club culture, we believe in Graeme we have found such an individual,” Mulholland told the website.
“He will be able to pass on his experience of playing at the top level to our young players in order to best prepare them for the demands of playing for Rangers, and he has gained great experience working at two excellent Academies in England.”
Murty is a former player, and enjoyed a long career playing in the Premier League and English Championship as well as playing for the Scotland national team.
Playing at centre-back he spent the longest period of his career at Reading between 1998 and 2009, and played 306 times.
He started his career at York before joining Reading for £850k, and he ended his career at Southampton after leaving the Royals.
His four appearances for Scotland came sporadically between 2004 and 2007.
Rangers are back in the Scottish Premiership for the first time in four seasons, and bidding to instantly challenge Celtic for the title.
Celtic won the league for a sixth consecutive season in 2015-16, and Rangers have had to invest in players as they look to challenge.
Manager Mark Warburton has focused on bringing in experience to his side, with former Premier League stars Joey Barton, Clint Hill, Niko Kranjcar and Matt Gilks all arriving.
They have started their league campaign with a 1-1 draw against Hamilton before a Kenny Miller strike helped them beat Dundee United 2-1 on Saturday.
In other Rangers news, Chris Sutton names two of their players in his Team of the Week.