Latest Rangers Academy move reflects ambitious youth strategy
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Latest Rangers Academy move reflects ambitious youth strategy

Rangers continued their ambitious investment into the club’s academy by signing two new youngsters this week [Rangers].

Krystof Hampl and Julian Anderson are an exciting young duo and their signatures are reflective of a shift in the Rangers Academy’s strategy in recent years.

The club has moved quickly to snap up talent from across Europe in an exciting time for the development side at Ibrox.

Steven Gerrard will have one eye on the players developing at the club. (Photo by Octavio Passos/Getty Images)

Krystof Hampl is a 16-year-old midfielder and Czech youth international who signs from FK Pardubice, whilst Julian Anderson is a 17-year-old attacking midfielder and American youth international who joins from Philadelphia Union.

The announcement of their signatures follows Rangers snapping up four young talents from across the UK and Europe [Rangers].

Talented Northern Irish duo Ross McCausland and Lewis McKinnon joined from Linfield, whilst the exciting Umaro Balde has joined up with the young side from Sporting Lisbon.

Kane Ritchie-Hosler also joined from Manchester City, explaining that he was impressed with the youth set-up at Ibrox and the pathway into the first team [Evening Times].

Combine this with the signing of Nathan Young-Coombes, the Chelsea and Crystal Palace youth, and you can see Rangers are putting time, effort and money in sourcing the best Academy talent around.

It’s bearing fruit too. The development side and their players were involved in the winning of four trophies last season, including the U18s reserves league.

Young-Coombes has impressed since joining the development side. (Photo by Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

As a result, they qualified for the prestigious UEFA Youth League where the young side beat Young Boys on away goals to go through to the next round.

When it comes to the talent at the club and the club’s future, Rangers are investing in the right staff, facilities and players.

Watch this space.