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Rangers want to boast a youth system which becomes the benchmark for producing some of the best players across Britain, says the club’s academy chief.

And Craig Mulholland believes the influx of foreigners in English football can help Rangers attract the best talent from south of the border.

Taking part in a Twitter Q&A this afternoon, the Auchenhowie chief revealed key details on the Ibrox club’s five-year plan for developing the next generation of stars, including expanding the current Games Programme.

Craig Mulholland with youth players Jamie Barjonas and Ross Lyon

Mulholland said: “One of our aims is that we become a flagship for developing elite talent that other clubs want to visit and benchmark against.

“Innovation is critical to what we do and is demonstrated by the likes of our 20s Games Programme this season.”

Asked if the megabucks sloshing around the English Premier League makes it more difficult to attract top young talent to Ibrox, Mullholland said: “No.

“In fact we can see an opportunity to attract some of the best talent in England, where they struggle to get through an academy system or near a first team, and we believe we can provide a pathway at Rangers they do not have down south.

“There is no doubt it’s a challenge, it’s all about culture. We have players reporting to the academy to do additional work at 7.30am and not leaving until 6 or 7pm at night through their own dedication.

“There is definitely a shift in desire of our…



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