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13th Dec, 2017 | 4:18pm

Rangers given green light for huge plans - confirmed

Rangers have confirmed huge plans to build a new stand at the club’s Auchenhowie training facility in Milngavie as the club continue to put their faith in youth after planning permission was given the green light.

The Gers announced on their official website that the stand will provide permanent changing facilities for several of the club’s younger teams in the Academy and is being funded by the Rangers Fans’ Fighting Fund (RFFF).

The addition of a 220-seat stand will give fans more opportunity to watch the club’s youth sides in action and managing director Stewart Robertson believes the club needs to back such projects to help the club’s youngsters reach the Ibrox first-team.

Robertson has been delighted to see youngsters like Ross McCrorie and Jamie Barjonas in Graeme Murty’s first-team squad recently and hopes the new facilities can help the club produce more players who reach the senior side.

“We are excited by this new project,” Robertson said, as quoted by the club’s official website.

“Our Academy is a key part of our business plan and we are starting to see the benefits of the significant progress we have made in this area with the likes of Ross McCrorie, Jamie Barjonas and Ryan Hardie all featuring in recent weeks.

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“The stand will be a tangible legacy provided by the supporters which will also provide more dressing room capacity and education space, which will benefit our young players.

“It will facilitate greater utilisation of our Academy pitches and thereby the amount of time the players spend with a ball at their feet. Ultimately this will assist us in producing more players for the first team.”

McCrorie has become a first-team regular since breaking into the starting XI in September and has made 13 appearances so far this season.

Barjonas and Ryan Hardie have both made a handful of appearances from the bench and are regular features on the bench for the senior side.

With a number of other talented hopefuls in the club’s youth programme, there could be many more to follow over the next few years.

The new facilities are the latest move by the Ibrox giants to get the most of their Academy with the Under-20 side withdrawing from the SPFL Development League this season in favour of playing a year-long series of home-and-away friendlies from elite youth teams from across the UK and continental Europe.

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