Rangers fans will love Zeb Jacobs’ first tweet after his appointment as the club’s Academy Head of Coaching.
Despite only being 26, Jacobs has already forged an excellent reputation in the field and joins the Gers from Belgian top-flight club Royal Antwerp, where he served as Talent Co-ordinator and Head of Development.
🆕 @RangersFC are delighted to confirm the appointment of Zeb Jacobs in the role of Head of Coaching within our Academy from 1st January 2022.
— Rangers B & Academy (@RFC_Youth) December 8, 2021
“We are delighted to welcome Zeb to Rangers,” said Rangers Head of Academy, Craig Mulholland [Rangers.co.uk].
“Ross [Wilson] and myself, with the assistance of Michael Beale, set out to identify a modern and innovative coach and coach educator who pushes boundaries, thinks differently and would be pivotal in helping us create Rangers players who can excel in the future game.
“We spoke with several coaches across Europe before ultimately choosing Zeb as we believe his understanding of how young people learn and his creative teaching methodologies will allow us to develop coaches and curriculums.”
Jacobs’ appointment comes just a few weeks after the departure of former Head of Elite Academy Development, Graeme Murty.
Supporters were excited when the first links to the ex-Belgium youth international emerged last month and his tweet on Wednesday afternoon made it clear that he understands the size and stature of the club he’s joining.
“I’m proud to announce that I will join this amazing club as Academy Head of Coaching,” he added to the official club release.
I'm proud to announce that I will join this amazing club as Academy Head of Coaching. https://t.co/kaHYX8TLDI
— Zeb Jacobs (@ZebJacobs) December 8, 2021
Fans will be hoping that Jacobs can get to work quickly and that he will help to improve results at youth level before eventually increasing the number of homegrown players successfully making the transition from Academy prospect to first-team star.