Rangers’ new Head of Elite Academy Development Graeme Murty has given some more insight into what his role entails after stepping away from the B team manager’s role as part of an Academy coaching restructure.
Murty has done a fantastic job in charge of the second string and takes a step up to have more oversight into the development side of things ad allowing ex-Rangers star Kevin Thomson to take the reins of the B team.
The former Scotland international hopes his new role can help him support the players and coaching staff more and continue to turn the Gers Academy into a “class-leading” one.
“It’s a role that is going to enable me to step away from the pitch, stop being quite so operational, and let me focus purely on development,” Murty told Rangers TV.
“A lot of the time when we are trying to help our young players and manage the steps between age groups or the developmental steps which are quite challenging, you don’t always have the time to focus in on the important details because we’re so operational and on the grass doing double sessions or planning for a game.
“This step will, hopefully, allow me to be in a more supportive role for our players and coaches and make sure I have oversight into the programme and ensure that we continue to evolve our environment into a class-leading one.”
The Gers Academy have made huge strides in recent years winning a host of competitions and making an impressive crack at their first participation in the UEFA Youth LEague.
Murty’s arrival at the club was much-anticipated at the time and his new role should see him continue to make the most of the skills which saw Academy chief Craig Mulholland excited by his initial appointment.