The Rangers academy has recently been boosted following a vital donation of £375,000 by the Rangers Youth Development Company, in what takes the overall contribution to a staggering £9.5m since 2002 as the RYDC celebrates 20 years of supporting the academy.
Although there has been some change in operations due to the current Covid-19 pandemic which is still creating havoc, this donation will help the academy in so many ways.
The yearly donations are mainly raised from the RYDC’S vast range of products which include the Rangers lotto, scratch cards, and the Union Jackpot half-time draw. These annual donations make a big difference.
The recent sale of Nathan Patterson proves that donations to the Rangers Academy are crucial
With Rangers having received a club-record fee that could reach £16m from Everton for right-back Nathan Patterson in the January transfer window, it shows that investing and donating to the academy is vital in the long run.
The Patterson sale could well be the catalyst for further young talents to push their way into the Rangers’ first-team squad and impressing enough to be commanding high transfer fees.
Alex lowry could be the new starlet to make his way into regular appearances for the first team having shone on his debut against Stirling Albion in the Scottish Cup last month.
Giovanni van Bronckhorst gave the player his first start in the league against Livingston as the side were missing several players and he again proved his worth.
Without the donations from the RYDC, then the Rangers Academy wouldn’t be producing these players. With the fee the club received for Patterson, there could be more youngsters who will be valuable assets in the near future.