The Rangers Academy are to begin work on a specialist youth complex at the Club’s training ground as early as next month.
The development at the Hummel Training Centre will be a 216 square metre base for academy players. It will also include a new stand for spectators to watch youth games.
It’s a bold statement by the club. This is about developing facilities which attracts youth talent from across the globe.
But we’re also trying to build an academy that consistently produces the best talent here in Scotland.
In a Twitter Q&A Head of Youth Development Craig Mulholland said: “Work starts in November and the four new dressing rooms combined with the education suite will make a massive difference to the time spent on and quality of education for our young Rangers players.
“We are currently investigating a full size indoor dome to allow us to play matches and increase the quantity of training during the winter months.
“A range of other exciting developments are taking place to enhance an already excellent environment.”
Is it about time training centre paid back?
The 38-acre training facility is now called the Hummel Training Centre as part of a sponsorship deal. In 2001 when it opened, it was called Murray Park.
After the events of 2012, Murray Park was never going to fly. The name was then changed to Auchenhowie.
Rangers spent £14m on the development and the facilities at the training ground really are state of the art.
But there have always been grumbles that the club hasn’t produced players of high enough quality consistently. With the exception of your Allan McGregors, Charlie Adams or Alan Huttons, we haven’t really produced talent which has went far enough in the game. Or even at the club.
We’ve yearned somewhat for a golden generation of youth stars from the Rangers Academy. The last two players the club produced have now moved on – McLeod and McKay. There’s a comprehensive list of names here. Is it really good enough?
This facility will help develop what is a very talented pool of Rangers academy players currently at the club. A pool from which Mullholland sees six youth players potentially pushing into the first team.
So far this season the manager has moved Glenn Middleton and Robby McCrorie to the first team dressing room alongside Ross McCrorie. Cammy Palmer and Jack Thomson have been included in 1st team squads while Stephen Kelly has made his competitive debut. https://t.co/BkfqghWPPv
— Rangers Youth DC (@rfc_rydc) October 23, 2018
Now we have the staff, culture and space, can we finally make a golden generation of youth stars happen?