Rangers academy chief Mulholland says Scotland is scouting priority

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Rangers are hoping to discover the best talents in Scottish football.

Speaking in a Twitter Q&A session, Rangers academy chief Craig Mulholland has explained the work that head scout Frank McParland is undergoing at Ibrox, indicating that signing the best Scottish players is the priority.

McParland arrived at Ibrox earlier this season with a strong reputation behind him, being credited with taking Raheem Sterling and Jordon Ibe to Liverpool. He was working with Mark Warburton at Brentford last term, before leaving at the same time as the manager at the end of last season, and then arriving at Rangers earlier this campaign from Burnley.

He has quickly set about reviewing and revamping the scouting system at Ibrox, and Mulholland has admitted that the priority is to discover the best Scottish talents before other clubs have the chance to sign them.

Mulholland also confirmed that McParland is working hard on implementing a world scouting network at the Gers, although the domestic player base is still the main source of potential arrivals.

Warburton’s arrival over the summer coincided with the arrival of a number of players, with the former Brentford boss raiding the English lower leagues for many of his signings.

That was a necessity, but over the coming years, the plans are to build a Rangers team with a strong Scottish identity, which can compete on both the domestic and European stage.

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