By Alex Stevens
Rangers are planning to attract fresh talent by copying a Tottenham initiative that recruits four players a year for the London giants.
Spurs hold ‘bring a friend’ trials on a set day every summer at their training ground in a bid to bring new players into the academy system without having to go direct to the players.
Rangers academy chief Craig Mulholland is set to implement a similar system at Rangers this summer and take better advantage of the club’s reputation and location.
“We are trying a range of new initiatives, we have tried bio-banding and now we’re holding open trials,” Mulholland told the official Rangers website.
“They do it at the likes of Ajax and other successful clubs. Effectively you open the training ground for a day for players at Under-10 level and it will be all levels and abilities.
“Our scouts will be there to select the best players, it is a recruitment drive to try and find the best talent.
“We are also going to do things like Tottenham do which is a bring a friend day. We ask all the players to bring a friend along who can play and Spurs sign four players a year from that.”
Spurs have established a reputation as having one of the outstanding academies in English football, with a succession of young players graduating from the youth set-up into the first team.
Harry Kane, Danny Rose, Ryan Mason, Tom Carroll, Andros Townsend and Nabil Bentaleb are among those who have established themselves in the senior set-up in recent seasons.
At Rangers, Mulholland has nearly doubled the amount of scouts the Academy employs over the past season to increase the club’s chance of finding future first-team stars.
He is well aware of how important the youth system needs to be at the club like Rangers who require their senior squad to be peppered with home-grown talent.
He told the Rangers website: “We will still do the traditional scouting on the side of the pitch but what we’re trying to do is make it a bit more innovative to make sure we get the best players to come to Rangers.
“When I go away with the teams to tournaments there are other big clubs there but all people want to do is talk about Rangers.
“This club is a massive draw and people want to come and play for Rangers so what we need to do is find the best ways of identifying that talent and then bring them into the academy.
“We have some super players in the academy right now but we are always looking for better.
“This year our scouting pool has increased from about 13 or 14 scouts to 25 so immediately we are improving the amount of players we can look at but ultimately the quality which comes into the academy.”
In other Tottenham transfer news, a Premier League club have launched a bid to sign a 23-year-old Spurs attacker.