Rangers Academy chief Craig Mulholland has opened up on how the club have had to adapt to the changing landscape surrounding Coronavirus with the club’s Academy sides unable to play.
The B team have played a host of friendlies this season but have been unable to since the shutdown took effect last month and it could be a while before they get back to action.
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That has led to a number of players going out on loan to continue their development by playing games elsewhere and Mulholland was full of praise for B team coaches Kevin Thomson and Brian Gilmour.
The Gers Academy boss also spoke about the club’s aim to field a B team in the senior league set up – but admits that Rangers may have to look at alternatives for the timebeing.
“When you look at the upcoming second half of the season we have now got a situation where probably there won’t be as much B-Team football so what we have done is we have now got over 14 players out on loan, with 10 over the top two divisions in Scotland,” Mulholland told Rangers TV.
“Hopefully that is a mark of the strides we are making that we can get players in the top two divisions. We want to make sure that our young players are in an environment where they are most likely to play football.
“The under-18s on the other hand should hopefully have a lot of fixtures when football starts back to catch up and play a full league programme.
“For the likes of Brian Gilmour and Kevin Thomson who were taking their first year with the B-Team they couldn’t have had a more challenging year to start that programme.
“It is quite different but the way those guys have adjusted to now looking at individual player development rather than team development has been terrific.
“We are reacting positively and producing something that means our young players are still continuing to develop in a really positive way.
“I think we are on record quite often aspiring for a B-Team in the lower leagues of Scottish football and that is still something we would love to achieve but what we must do in the interim is find a way of achieving that bridge from the Academy to the First-Team.
“For some that might be like Nathan Patterson where you go straight to the First-Team but for others that will require getting minutes of football and loans.
“We are watching all of our players very closely but really importantly you are now seeing young Rangers players excelling while on loan.”
A big celebration is being planned for when the title is sealed and there’s said to be a ‘realistic chance’ of the Red Arrows playing a part.