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Opinion: Rangers off-field deal a sensible move by Glasgow giants

Oliver Wyss of South Californian’s Orange County Soccer Club is delighted with the way the partnership with Glasgow Rangers is working.

In December, Wyss, who is the president of Soccer Operations for the USL side, felt that both clubs had clicked immediately during the initial talks. 

He was looking for a top European club and a project to involve a number of exciting footballers, youth development and include commercial activities.

Wyss has visited Glasgow and said Orange County SC were impressed with the standard of the Rangers players and delighted with their coaches.

Three months into the partnership deal and already three of the Gers academy players have moved to America for the 2020 USL season.

Rangers youngsters Daniel Finlayson, Cammy Palmer and Matthew Shiels have headed stateside on loan deals.

In December, Wyss brought three young players with him for training purposes and to experience life at the Rangers Academy.

At the same time, Ibrox executive staff were in America to watch the USL games to peruse the level they felt their players could develop in.

Moving forward, with Rangers looking for the next stars to emerge from their youth system, the partnership with Orange County could well be critical.

The major hurdle to young players’ development is a lack of opportunities to experience senior football and this deal could well eradicate the issue for the next crop of Gers starlets.

Rangers could well also unearth a star or two from the Orange County system, in a partnership that looks to be working for all parties involved.

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