Alex Rae: What Rangers ‘need’ to do to improve next season

Rae believes Rangers must improve their off-pitch infrastructure if they are to move forward.

Speaking to the Evening Times, Alex Rae believes that Rangers must improve off the field of play if they are to improve on it.

The former midfielder said: “Of course, the whole dynamic of the place has not been ideal and crowds have gone down as well, but the supporters are just looking for something to go and get behind again.

“They need to put infrastructures in place and I have said it for years. They need a scouting network and they need to get the youth system in order as well. It has been a shambles of late, with all kinds of individuals taking money out of the club, and it needs to take small steps back in the right direction.”

The Light Blues have certainly struggled to rebuild as a club since their liquidation in 2012, although they were fortunate to keep ahold of Ibrox and the financial benefits that brings.

Big crowds can still be accepted, if the fans were coming, but it is certainly true that the Gers have come to resemble a lower league club, rather than the Scottish giants they once were.

Rae highlights a scouting network as one area that needs working on, and that is certainly true, as Rangers need to be able to target and sign potential stars before they become too expensive.

Scottish football cannot deal with the financial clout of other leagues, and Rangers are a rather poor side in a poor league.

However, Rae also singles out the need for the youth system to be improved, but that has little backing, as the Gers have proven in the last few years that they can certainly develop talented youngsters of their own.

It is just up to the manager to play these youngsters, and thankfully for the future of the club, it appears as if head coach Stuart McCall is willing to call upon his young talent when needed.

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