Rangers Academy boss Craig Mulholland has told how Ibrox stars Jermain Defoe and Filip Helander have given up their time to help some of the club’s Academy stars.

The experienced duo has taken part in Zoom webinars with the Academy players, as have Steven Gerrard and Gary McAllister, with Mulholland taking the time to praise them for getting the youngsters engaged.

The Academy players are returning to training now after months away thanks to lockdown and Mulholland thinks they’ve had “some great education” to prepare them.

“The manager came on and spoke to the young players as did Gary McAllister, and we did some unbelievable webinars – we had Jermain Defoe come on and one of the stories he told was how he tries to finish as a striker – which is great for our strikers,” Mulholland told Rangers’ official website.

“The following week, Filip Helander came on and spoke about how he tries to stop Jermain doing what he does, and for the young defenders, that was some great education.

“I think everyone has been really engaged through it, and Ross Wilson, our Sporting Director was quite clear to say that he thought the programme we put in place was industry-leading, and credit goes to our staff for that.”

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 12: Graeme Murty is seen during the UEFA Youth League match between Rangers U19 and Atletico Madrid U19 at Firhill Park on February 12, 2020 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.
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There’s also been an overhaul of the Academy coaching staff over the summer as Mulholland works closer with Graeme Murty while Kevin Thomson takes on Murty’s old role.

With little detail on what the season will entail for the Academy sides yet, it’s sure to be a exciting time for the young Gers.

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