Rangers F.C. Reserve and Youth squads

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Rangers Reserves
Rangers FC.svg
Full name Rangers Football Club Reserve team
Nickname(s) Rangers Swifts
Founded 1872
Ground Murray Park
Ground Capacity 0
Chairman Paul Murray
Head Coach Ian Durrant (Reserves)
Billy Kirkwood (Under 19s)
League Scottish U20 League[1]
2013–14 2nd

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

Background[edit]

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] However, after xx years

Reserve team[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]

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 23 December 2014[7]

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

No. Position Player
61 Scotland GK Robbie McCrorie
32 Scotland GK Liam Kelly
49 Scotland DF Ryan Sinnamon
33 Northern Ireland DF Kristian Gibson
38 Scotland DF Craig Halkett
46 Scotland DF Greg Pascazio
37 Canada DF Luca Gasparotto (out on loan at Airdrieonians)
43 Scotland DF Jamie Mills
60 Scotland DF Lewis White
51 Scotland DF Scott Whiteside
50 Scotland DF David Brownlie
54 Scotland MF Jordan Hamill
44 Scotland MF Dylan Dykes
45 Scotland MF Scott Roberts
No. Position Player
35 Scotland MF Darren Ramsay
48 Scotland MF Tom Walsh
53 Scotland MF Adam Wilson
58 Scotland MF Ross Lyons
55 Scotland MF Michael Mossie
England MF Jordan Hamill
Scotland MF Ben Reilly
36 England FW Jamie Burrows
47 Scotland FW Danny Stoney (out on loan at Stranraer)
Scotland FW Sam Liddlington
57 Cameroon FW Junior Ogen (out on loan at Annan Athletic)
52 Scotland FW Ryan Hardie
59 Scotland FW Josh Jeffries

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 (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. 23 December 2014. Archived from the original on 23 December 2014. Retrieved 23 December 2014. 

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