Rangers F.C. Reserve and Youth squads

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Rangers Reserves
Rangers FC.svg
Full name Rangers Football Club Reserves
Nickname(s) Rangers Swifts
Founded 1872
Ground Murray Park
Head Coach Gordon Durie (Reserves)
Billy Kirkwood (Under 19s)
League Scottish U20 League[1]
2013–14 SFL Reserve League, 1st

In addition to the first team, Rangers F.C. also have a reserve team and an under-20 side.

On 20 April 2004, Rangers Football Club announced the creation of a new company which would oversee the development of the club's youth players. The company, called Rangers Youth Development Limited, is entirely self-funding but completely owned by the club. It attracted four investors from outside Rangers who have invested £1 million, with the club also putting up an initial £2.5 million.

This would leave Rangers F.C. in an unfamiliar position which would mean it has to buy its own youth players from Rangers Youth Development. The company will own the young players and the club will need to bid for them although it will have first option on all the players. If both sides cannot reach an agreement on a transfer fee then a FIFA transfer model will be used. Any profit made by the company will be divided between investors with the majority being invested to fund more youth players.[2]

The main reasons for the formation of the new company is to offset the running costs of Murray Park. However, many of the Rangers fans were opposed to the formation of the new company.[3]

Reserves[edit]

History[edit]

They have been members of the Scottish Premier Reserve League since its foundation in the 1998–99 season. They play their home games at Rangers training ground Murray Park, having previously used Broadwood Stadium (the home of Clyde). The team mainly consists of Under-19 players at the club and fringe first team players, some also play when they are recovering from injury.

For the 2009–10 season Rangers reserve team withdrew from the SPL Reserve League and will now play friendly games instead.[4] For the 2012–13 season Rangers reserve team entered the Scottish Football League Reserve League.[5]

Manager history[edit]

Honours[edit]

  • Scottish Reserve League: champions 22
    • 1898, 1899, 1907, 1924, 1928, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1932, 1935, 1939, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1956, 1962, 1964, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1974, 1975
  • Premier Reserve League: champions 11
    • 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1992, 1996, 1998
  • Scottish Premier Reserve League: champions 1
    • 2001
  • Scottish Football League Reserve League: champions 1
    • 2013

Under-20 team[edit]

History[edit]

From the 2013-14 season the Rangers Under-20 team compete in the Scottish Premier under-20 League. Before the inception of the Scottish Professional Football League in 2013, Rangers fielded an under-19 team. In the 2006–07 season the team won the league and Scottish Youth Cup double, ending rivals Celtic's run of six consecutive league titles and defeating them 5–0 in the final of the Youth Cup at Hampden Park.

The under-20s play their home matches at Rangers training ground in Auchenhowie, but games are also occasionally played at Ibrox Stadium.

The teams current head coach is Billy Kirkwood. The team have been previously coached by Tommy McLean, Ian Durrant and John Brown.

The side have won the Scottish Premier under-19 League three times, first in 2001–02 and more recently 2007–08. In the seven seasons since the league's foundation, Rangers Under-19s have only failed to finish outside the top three, once. This was a fifth placed finished in the 2004–2005.

Current squad[edit]

As of August 2013[7]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
32 Scotland GK Liam Kelly
63 Scotland GK Robby McCrorie
Scotland DF Ryan Sinnamon
Scotland DF Kyle McAusland
Northern Ireland DF Kristian Gibson
38 Scotland DF Craig Halkett
Scotland DF Greg Pascazio
Scotland DF Jamie Mills
Scotland DF Lewis White
Scotland DF Scott Whiteside
50 Scotland DF David Brownlie
Scotland DF Ryan Finnie
34 Scotland MF Andy Murdoch
Scotland MF Dylan Dykes
Scotland MF Scott Roberts
No. Position Player
Scotland MF Darren Ramsay
Scotland MF Tom Walsh
Scotland MF Adam Wilson
Scotland MF David Clark
Scotland MF Michael Mossie
England MF Jordan Hamill
Scotland MF Ben Reilly
England FW Jamie Burrows
Scotland FW Daniel Stoney
Scotland FW Sam Liddlington
Cameroon FW Junior Ogen
52 Scotland FW Ryan Hardie
Scotland FW Josh Jeffries
Scotland FW William Walker

Honours[edit]

Staff[edit]

First team graduates[edit]

  • Players who made a first-team appearance for Rangers, whilst a youth team player at the club. From the start of season 1996-97. In bold are players who have received international caps.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://spfl.co.uk/reserve-and-youth/u20-league-table/
  2. ^ "Gers launch youth scheme" BBC Sport website (20 April 2004)
  3. ^ "Supporters 'mystified' by Rangers youth plan". Telegraph. 26 April 2004. 
  4. ^ "Gers withdraw reserves"
  5. ^ "Reserve Fixtures Released "
  6. ^ "Coach Brown calls time on Rangers". BBC Sport. 27 June 2006. 
  7. ^ "Reserves and Youths". rangers.co.uk. August 2013. Archived from the original on 24 August 2013. Retrieved 24 August 2013. 

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