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Mark Allen confident that the investment of the Academy will pay off and bring a bright future for the Rangers



From his office looking at the terrain at the Hummel Training Center, Mark Allen can follow everything he does with the Rangers football operation.

He may not be able to see in the future, but he is confident that he will be a light for a club that has spent more than its fair part of the dark days before his arrival last summer.

With new staff and strategies on site and outside the park, Allen has all the information he needs on his fingers. When he looked out of his window, the lush green parks were in the form of dreams of a generation of hopes on Ebrox.

The successes or failures on Steven Gerrard's side this season will shape the opinions of supporters and will formulate judgments for everyone from Liverpool's legend down the path of responsibility.

However, Alan is above him. Where Gerrard can afford to focus from week to week, a game for play, the football director must be able to stand up and look at the bigger picture.

The Rangers Academy Academy was under-engaging and lacking during the barren years of the club, as it was once broken during a live opportunity and cash was burnt to overpaid players through their ascent back from the Third Division.

Steps to compensate for the lost time began before Allen was appointed last summer, but efforts continue to increase while working with the Academy's head Craig Mulholland and the new group of coaches as well as new series of blue-paced players.

"There is a chance here and one of the parts of me that takes up this job is that it has to be accepted that there is a place for youth development and that there is a way to the first team," Allen told SportTimes.

"I placed very high on the agenda in terms of the strategy of the football club. What we have to do is to ensure that we invest in the right rooms, the right players, the right programs, and we will make sure that Rangers football club managers believe in the development of youth Then, the path is created and the player's bottom is to tread the boards.

"I do not see any reason why this can not be a successful operation, but what we need to achieve is that all the things that support recruitment are right, sports science must be right, the analytics to be right, the coach must to be right. Everything must be at a level that gives the best environment for a young player to develop. "

Of course, one thing can be impressed on the young level and work on the road through the ranks, but quite another has the talent and mentality to create a career for themselves in the Rangers. For the majority, that challenge will be shown beyond them.

However, this will not prevent children and coaches from trying, but their efforts will not be overlooked at Ibrox, while Gerrard is at the helm.

Due to Liverpool's 38th birthday, he should inspire every player who dares to dream, while his training experience with the red "Sub-19" gave him a new perspective on the margins.

"It was all part of the employment policy, obviously when I was looking for a manager," Allen said.

"One of the important factors was someone who believed in the development of youth and someone who was ready to give young people the chance, if they were good enough.

"They need to be good enough to give them a chance and no manager would like to be in a position when they are not. But I think we are very happy to have a manager who has gone through a very successful program for the development of the Academy and reached the highest levels in the game.

"He is an advocate and supporter of youth development and I think he would not want anything better than to promote young players if they are good enough."

The quality issue is just as important both at the level of 17 years old or at the level below 20 when it comes to the first team Gerrard has restructured during the summer. If you're not good enough then you can not use the Rangers.

Cherishing his own talent was once an added bonus for the Rangers, as they liked Alan McGregor and Barry Ferguson complemented and starred in teams that were full of international players and cost substantial sums to get together.

But it must become the norm, not the exception in the coming years, as Alan seems to provide an investment, both in time and money, pays off and leaves Rangers with something that will prove to be their effort.

"It's a very committed group of people who are very good at their jobs," he said. "There is a very clear plan, a clean structure, and it's good for a solid foundation on which to build.

"It is obvious that my goal is to try and ensure that we produce players outside the Academy, who are good enough to play a role in our first team.

"At the heart of every successful club is a successful academy, it's a source of energy. That's what fans really want to see, the products of the Academy that come to the first arena of the team, and we are no different.

"It's a vital part of our business strategy and we have to create real players."

If the Rangers need to fill in rough diamond stones, they must first use the right raw materials. It is a search that is constantly in progress at every level.

The discovery, and then recruiting the best prospects from all over Europe is an increasingly difficult task, although the richest clubs occupy the most promising players long before they become household names. However, he is closer to home, where the Rangers have the advantage, however.

"I think we all need to be aware of where and how we can do it possible," Allen said.

"Look, I'm not different from any other football director in which you want to attract the greatest talent of your football club, whether it's a young or a first team.

"First and foremost, what we can not miss is the best talent at the local level, it is absolutely imperative for the success of each academy. You do not miss the local talent, and that's something that will be the primary focus.

"I think that when you go out on these things, there must be a goal, which is that you will produce your own. It is the most economical and sustainable part of any business, there is no secret.

"The more we can produce and the more we can go, the better the financial model looks like. However, they must be a true talent and must be a talent that is an integral part of Rangers' winning team."

* Rangers Director of Football Mark Allen is painted promoting the Rangers Youth Development Company.

Since 2002, RYDC's profit has been targeted at the Rangers Football Club's youth program – with more than 7.5 million pounds set in those 16 years.

For full details of RYDC's growing portfolio of products – rendered Rangers Buns, Rangers Lotto, Rising Stars, Scratchcards, Tulley Stadium and Young Members Club – visit www.rydc.co.uk or call 0141 427 4914.


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