Rangers Academy chief insists Gers must 'exploit' post-Brexit transfer rules

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Rangers Academy chief insists Gers must 'exploit' post-Brexit transfer rules

Rangers Academy chief Craig Mulholland has hinted there will be a number of talented youngsters making cross-border moves this summer and joining the Light Blues as they look to ‘exploit’ changes in the transfer regulations in the UK.

Brexit has, generally, meant that British sides can no longer sign European youngsters between the ages of 16-18 forcing clubs in England to pay closer attention to emerging young talent north of the border.

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That has seen the likes of Nathan Patterson head for England in a club-record deal while the likes of Rory Wilson, Nathan Young-Coombes, Brian Kinnear and Dapo and Dire Mebude have all left Rangers to try their luck in England.

“I think the sale of Nathan was important in terms of our player trading strategy,” Mulholland said [RangersTV].

“I think the other part of it is that we will always have interest in our players from down south, whether that is ones who break into the first team or younger players.

“At times, we accept that those guys will move on to EPL or other leagues. But, at the same time, our own recruitment team, headed by David Stevenson, have done a fantastic job and this summer, for example, will see a lot of recruitment come the other way using the FIFA cross-border model to make sure we exploit that as well.

“It used to always be that players in the academy came through and stayed with the club all the way through, that won’t always be the case now. Even in youth football, with the change in Brexit rules, change in FIFA regulations, means that the player trading piece becomes more and more important.

“Therefore, selling Nathan at that point gives everyone belief that Rangers can not only be a club that wins, and that is always what we need to be about, but actually we can go and develop talent for a return on the investment as well.”

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With more and more talented youngsters coming through the Academy at Ibrox, Rangers are really starting to reap the rewards of the work done by Mulholland and his staff.

While selling players on for profit is a vital part of Rangers’ model moving forward, bringing young talented players in as teenagers and developing them to sell can really help the club move forwards.

Being able to bring players north and give them a pathway to the first-team is something Rangers can really look to take advantage of in the coming months and years and, it seems the Light Blues are already well down that path.

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