Top young talent may sign for Rangers amid 'first class' scouting reveal - Kieran Maguire
Rangers could identify and recruit top young talent through their new educational hub in Northern Ireland.
That is according to finance guru and Football Insider columnist Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively after Rangers announced a partnership with Parkhall Integrated College.
Rangers Soccer Academy staff will provide students with access to “first class coaching, focusing on technical and tactical development.”
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The academy extension will also offer educational services for budding coaches and performance analysts.
Rangers have made strides in Northern Ireland recently, opening up a retail outlet in Belfast and arranging a friendly against Linfield.
As well as a brand-enhancing exercise, Maguire claims that the new college could potentially be a wellspring of talent.
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“I think having a sports college is beneficial,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.
“It can potentially show a progressive approach being taken by the club in terms of acknowledging the importance of education.
“Some parents are a bit wary about their kids getting too involved on the sports side of things. After all, doors are closing all the time in football.
“It will help the brand. It makes business sense in that it’s relatively low cost from Rangers’ point of view.
“They will do things like send coaches over to run some of the sessions. They will be able to spot talent that way.
“You only need one top player to come through and you make your money back, generally.”
Rangers finished their season in style on Saturday, beating Aberdeen 4-0 at Ibrox.
That result sealed an unbeaten campaign for Steven Gerrard’s side.