Mark Allen’s plans for Rangers could be expanded upon on Wednesday in a Twitter Q&A.
Rangers supporters have been invited to put questions to their Director of Football from 10am on Wednesday morning. The questions will go through the Rangers Youth Development Company (@rfc_rydc).
Rangers released a statement on their website about the Q&A, and it appears to be youth-based. Whilst Allen is in charge of a lot more than improving youth facilities, that appears to be the subject of the session.
Whilst Rangers supporters will likely have plenty of questions regarding transfer policy, that may have to wait. It doesn’t state explicitly on the statement, but supporters are given the sense questions must be on youth items.
Therefore, here are three burning questions supporters could put to Allen on Wednesday:
What work is being done to produce the next Atakayi/Mebude?
Rangers need more than what they’ve gotten from their youth academy recently. Billy Gilmour is the latest big star to have come out of it, but he unceremoniously moved to Chelsea.
Only this season do the club seem to be getting some sort of return. Whilst Glenn Middleton didn’t come through the youth system at Rangers, Serge Atakayi and Dapo Mebude have done.
In recent weeks, both have managed to make match-day squads. Atakayi even got some minutes on the field before picking up an injury. With Andrew Dallas, Stephen Kelly, and Jordan Houston all performing at youth level, Rangers are finally producing some real talent.
Therefore, what work is being done to make sure this sticks? Consistently having this level of player coming through is brilliant for the club, and supporters should ask how the club will continuously make this be the case.
Elaborate on the new youth facility
Rangers have started work on preparing a new youth complex at the club’s training ground.
What we know so far is that supporters will now have a stand to watch matches under floodlights. The planning permission also maps out 216 square metres of land. Increased changing rooms and an “education room” is also being planned.
Outside of that, however, we don’t know a lot about the other improvements this facility will bring. Supporters don’t have the luxury of seeing the current youth team facilities. As fans, they deserve to know how this investment is going to differ from the facilities already in place.
Work is being done, but not a lot of light has been shed on the project. Allen will know all of the details regarding what he wants from the new complex, and fans should grill him on this.
What about that new dome?
Rangers have apparently been mulling over a decision to install a new indoor dome at Auchenhowie. This was still the case last-month when they announced work was starting on their youth facility.
So what is the update on that and when will a decision be made? The idea was that the dome would help increase training productivity during the Winter months. Of course, this won’t be ready this year, that probably goes without saying.
Despite that, however, this could be highly beneficial for Rangers. Many of the big European clubs have one, and they help protect the players from the brutal weather of the winter. It helps get more done in a more comfortable environment, and could be a sound investment.
Is it still a possibility? Has it even been discussed since Craig Mulholland touched on it last month? Will a meeting be arranged to discuss it further?
Allen should be asked about this, as it’s an interesting development to the club’s facilities.
There are, of course, plenty of other questions to ask the Rangers DOF. Fans will be eager to know more about the upgrades being discussed and planned at Ibrox, and how they will be affected by them in the future.
It will certainly be interesting to see what comes out of the Q&A at 10am on Wednesday.