Rangers youth coach blown away by 'unrecognisable' Auchenhowie
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Rangers youth coach blown away by 'unrecognisable' Auchenhowie

Speaking during an RYDC Q+A on Twitter, Rangers youth coach Max Ashmore says he’s been blown away by the improvements made to the Auchenhowie training ground during his time away from the club.

The 21-year-old former Reserves captain came up through the youth ranks with the Gers but didn’t manage to break through into the first team.

Graeme Murty has always been a big admirer of Ashmore and played a role in bringing him back to Rangers.  (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

After spells with other SPFL clubs, in Malta and finally in the United States with Ventura County, he recently returned to take up a scouting and coaching role with the club.

Ashmore was only elsewhere for three years but says the training facilities, particularly for the Academy, have come on leaps and bounds in that time.

“The training ground has been taken to a new level,” he said on the RYDC Twitter in response to a fan’s question. “The place was unrecognisable when I walked back in for the first time and it now has a real comforting modern feel about it.”

“There are so many new pieces of equipment and infrastructure that I think makes the place one of the best youth set ups and facilities in Europe.”

Ashmore also pointed to the work of the Health and Wellbeing team and the number of tournaments age-group teams are competing in as examples of how the youth setup has improved in recent years.

Verdict

We’ve heard a lot about the level of investment in the facilities at Auchenhowie since Steven Gerrard’s arrival as the club seeks to provide the first team, Women’s and youth team squads with the best possible facilities.

New pitches have been laid and a stand erected outside while physiotherapy and changing facilities have been upgraded within the building.

After all that investment, it’s encouraging to see Ashmore speak so glowingly about what is now on offer.

As a part of the recruitment team, he’ll be hoping that the facilities encourage some of the best young players in Europe to come and play for Rangers, as the club strives to establish a genuine pathway from the Academy to the senior team, to help the club get back to winning trophies.

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