Glasgow Rangers director of football Mark Allen is known for his expert advice on the best players in the EPL, especially the young Academy boys.

Subsequently he wanted to bring 16-year-old future Chelsea starlet Nathan Young-Coombes to Rangers, convincing him to leave London for Ibrox.

And Young-Coombes has provided an unbelievable glowing report into the up and running set-up that currently exists at the Hummel Training Centre.

It was started by David Murray and Dutch manager Dick Advocaat, years ago and known as Murray Park, in Auchenhowie, Milngavie, in the north side of Glasgow.

Only this week, ex-Rangers and Holland star Ronald de Boer, called for the club to follow the Ajax model of investing in a long-term youth policy.

“There was an opportunity for me to come and sign for Rangers and I couldn’t see a pathway for me down south,” Young-Coombes told the Glasgow Herald.

“When I came here to speak to Craig Mulholland, I saw the environment I would be in and that wasn’t something I was used to down south.”

But one member of the Academy set-up at Ibrox insists Rangers are already ahead of the game when it comes to a developing their own.

Young-Coombes has already caught the attention of Rangers supporters with an array of quality goals for the development sides this season.

The 16-year-old English striker has already been earmarked as one for a first-team future after making the huge decision to leave Chelsea for Glasgow last summer.

It was certainly a move which raised many eyebrows on both sides of the border. But the teenager claims it was a no brainer after being blown away by what was on offer at Rangers.

And he insists it’s only a matter of time before Gerrard’s top team feel the benefit of what’s going on under Craig Mulholland in the Academy.

“People think that down south you will get better opportunities, but I can tell you that is the complete opposite,” the Rangers youngster said.

“I was at Crystal Palace and Chelsea and you don’t get the same opportunities as you get up here. I was surprised by the quality, and the professionalism up here.

“Down south, when I was at Chelsea, you get told that Chelsea is the best Academy, it is this, it is that.

“But when you look here and compare the two, I think ‘wow, if Chelsea really think they are the best, what are Rangers at the moment?’

“It is a step ahead and the thing that really impresses me the most is that Rangers are always looking to improve. 

“It is not about thinking they are better than anyone else, it is how can we be better?

“That is why we are succeeding so much and I do believe that within a couple of years a lot more players will be coming up here because they can see the opportunity and the quality.

“It is a much more positive energy up here and that helps you play your best and be your best.”

Young-Coombes shot to prominence with a series of eye-catching displays for Rangers Under 17s as they became the first British aide to win the Al Kass Cup in February – finishing ahead of Real Madrid, PSG and Bayern Munich.

The very talented and lightning quick forward says the first-team manager has a part to play.

“Gerrard already makes the youngsters feel part of it. Something that was sadly lacking at Chelsea,” Young-Coombes said.

“I have spoken to him a couple of times and that means a lot because, at Chelsea, you wouldn’t even see the first team manager at all.

“You wouldn’t see any of the first team players, everything is so closed off and it is like a separate world.

“Here, the Academy is linked to the first team so you will see the players, the coaches and the manager.

“I want to play under him in the coming years and the opportunity to do that made my decision so easy.

“That is the reason why I came up here. The Premier League is so dependent on money that Academy players and graduates just can’t get an opportunity.

“When an 18-year-old has no experience and can’t necessarily perform at that level straight away, clubs will just pay millions for a player.

“Rather than produce their own talent because staying in the league is vital financially. Here it is about producing players to become the best.”

Rangers fans will hope that Young-Coombes and a number of the club’s other rising stars can continue their development and star to push for a place in the Gers first-team set-up soon.


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