Rangers have placed a lot of emphasis on the importance of their youth system in recent years, but who is the club’s top all-time Academy graduate goalscorer?

The Gers have had a number of legendary goal-getters down the years.

Ally McCoist
Ally McCoist is Rangers’ top goalscorer of all time but he didn’t start his career at the club. (Photo by Ben Radford/Allsport/Getty Images)

Ally McCoist has the most goals in a Rangers shirt with 355, Bob McPhail is next on 261, Jimmy Smith third with 249 and Jimmy Fleming fourth with 220 to his name.

However, none of those four players began their careers at Rangers.

McCoist came through at Fir Park Boys Club and began his professional career at St Johnstone, McPhail started at Pollok, Smith at East Stirlingshire and Fleming at Shettleston.

The top Rangers goalscorer who can be considered to be an Academy graduate is the club’s fifth-highest all-time goalscorer, Derek Johnstone.

Johnstone joined the Light Blues as a schoolboy in his mid-teens in 1968 and spent two years at the club before turning professional in 1970.

His debut came shortly before his 17th birthday in September 1970 against Cowdenbeath and he started as he meant to go on with a brace in a 5-0 victory.

1980 SFA Cup Final
Rangers’ top Academy graduate goalscorer in Scottish Cup final action against Celtic in 1980. (Photo by Mark Leech/Getty Images)

Across two stints at Ibrox from 1970-1983 and 1985-86, the versatile player, who turned out in midfield and defence as well as up front, scored 210 goals in all competitions.

Johnstone won 14 major honours along the way and earned himself legendary status.

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