Rangers are hoping to stabilises their future by building a top class academy, and academy director Craig Mulholland has told the Daily Record that the Gers need to be producing players better than Nathan Oduwa and Gedion Zelalem.
He said: “We need to get better because the gaffer can go south [to England] and get Gideon Zelalem or Nathan Oduwa. Our challenge in the Academy is to produce players better than that, so that he doesn’t have to look elsewhere. It’s also a challenge the players have to take up. Can they be better than these lads?”
Mulholland was appointed academy boss in January of this year, and he has wasted no time in moving to restructure their ailing youth system.
However, it will take a number of years for this to start paying off, and right now Mark Warburton has had to look to England for players to fill his current first-team squad.
The two stand outs are Odwua and Zelalem, who have arrived on loan from Tottenham and Arsenal respectively, as two of the most highly rated youth products in English football.
They have immediately impressed in the first-team, and it is Mulholland who is hoping to see the Rangers academy producing players just as good as this pair in the near future.
For a club of their size, Rangers should not be trawling Premier League sides for youth players, but instead building their own team with players who are local and who have progressed through their academy system.