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7th Jun, 2018 | 2:52pm

'It has been great' - Rangers senior man raves about academy progress

Rangers’ academy chief Craig Mulholland believes having former players working with the Gers’ kids has been “great” – and thinks they have brought “something new” to the Ibrox youth set-up.

A host of former Gers stars have started working with various age groups in the club’s Academy and Mulholland thinks having guys who played international football and in the Champions League helps.

The Gers youth boss insists though it is their talent as coaches – and not the fact they played for the club – that means they are part of the Academy set-up.

“I think it has been great. Peter Lovenkrands, Kevin Thomson, Brian Gilmour, Stephen Wright, all these guys, have contributed something quite significantly,” Mulholland said, as quoted by the Gers’ official website.

“Bringing Gregory Vignal as well to the Academy, I think they can speak about their time playing in the Champions League and their time playing international football, but most importantly, they want to learn as well.

“They fit with our culture, they understand what we are trying to achieve, and they understand our goals and ambitions.

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“They are not here just because they are ex-Rangers players, they are here because they are talented coaches and I think they have brought something new.”

Football Insider verdict:

Craig Mulholland doesn’t get the credit he deserves for the way he has turned the Gers’ Academy around since taking over a few years ago. Bringing in guys with experience at the top level can only help these young players want to achieve that for themselves after hearing about from their coaches. The Gers are starting to see the fruit of their work with Ross McCrorie a first-team regular and several others not far behind him. If the Ibrox giants can get more youngsters into the first-team it would be a real testament to the work that has been done to fix many of the problems that had plagued the Gers’ youth system. The addition of Steven Gerrard and his first-team staff will no doubt help them too after almost all having come from Liverpool’s Under-18s. It wouldn’t be a surprise if some of the former Gers in the Academy were to soon be poached by other clubs looking for new first-team managers given their experience as players and growing reputations as coaches.

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