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  1. "Any of them looking ready for promotion to first team squad?" It was a pretty young team, with 12 of the 16 man squad under 18 its probably a wee bit too early for most of them. There are some excellent players in this group and I believe quite a few of them will play in the first team at some stage. At this stage Luca Gaparotto continues to look the part and Callum Gallagher's goalscoring can't be ignored, so they would be most likely in my opinion. This time next year I would expect a few others pushing for a chance.
  2. Youths Safely Through Report on today's youth cup game http://rfcyouths.wordpress.com/2012/10/21/youths-safely-through/
  3. 17's Coast To Glasgow Cup Win Report from tonight's game http://rfcyouths.wordpress.com/2012/10/10/17s-coast-to-glasgow-win/
  4. Comfortable Win For 15′s http://rfcyouths.wordpress.com/2012/10/09/comfortable-win-for-15s/
  5. An under 18 side draw at Kelty http://rfcyouths.wordpress.com/2012/10/07/stefan-winiarski-testimonal/
  6. Excellent, got a real chance. An attacking midfielder that can see a pass that others don't, a real creator. Still under 17 so this season may be a wee bit early for him. When Rangers were looking at Andy Little he played for Ballinmallard against Rangers at Murray Park in the afternoon, he then played as a trialist for Rangers against Queens Park at Lesser Hampden at night. I believe with Barrie McKay something showed up with his hip, but don't know the full story
  7. If you are talking about the next couple of seasons then that would probably mean 1995 ans 1996's. Some others have stalled due to injury and may catch up. Others could develop a wee bit later like Alan Hutton did, he was never picked for any youth squads. If I had to pick a few from each year this is who I would pick at present 1995's - Luca Gasparotto (CB), Stuart Urquhart (CB), Andy Murdoch (CM), Charlie Telfer (AM), Darren Ramsay (CM). 1996's - Ryan Sinnamon (RB), Tom Walsh (AM), Danny Stoney (AM/ST) 1998's - Robbie McCrorie (GK), Ross Lyon (RB/CM), Josh Jeffries (AM) 1999's - Centre back Aidan Wilson looks a standout
  8. Tried to give a definitive list since Murray Park opened, I no doubt have missed some body. http://rfcyouths.wordpress.com/2012/10/03/2672/
  9. Report on today's U15's and 17's games http://rfcyouths.wordpress.com/2012/09/30/2666/
  10. A significant statement from McCoist ''We watched the reserves against East Fife & thought Fraser Aird was outstanding. He earned a place.'' Both parts were true, they did watch him and he was outstanding. What I would be interested to know is how many times the first team coaches have actually seen him play. In my opinion the two outstanding players on a consistent basis in the games I've watched this season have been Luca Gasparotto and Callum Gallgher and 1st team recognition can't be far away. "you have to wonder why mckay was picked ahead of aird to make his first team bow" Anybody that watched the youth last season would have seen McKay was one of the few highlights and would have been ahead of Aird who is a year younger in football terms. Aird came into the youth team in second half of the season and did okay, but did not perform at the same level as McKay. "it took only a matter of minutes to see aird is a much better player than mckay." I have watched both for over a year and would find it hard to say who would be the better player long term, you are not comparing like for like as they have different qualities. At the moment I would have McKay just ahead, perhaps just due to exposure to a higher level of football for longer. McKay played the whole season at 19's while Aird was playing predominately at 17's.
  11. I'm just a fan and noticed there was little coverage of the youth teams on the official website so started the blog. I go back a long time, before we hand an "official" youth team and threw a team together to play in the youth cup and saw them lose to Clydebank and Queen's Park at Ibrox. Before Murray Park opened I watched teams that included Alan McGregor, Bob Malcolm play at Maryhill Juniors ground on Sundays, then to the Science Park with the likes of Steven Hughes and Chris Burke and now to our current setup. Where I think we should be getting better value for money. Sinky. Tommy Wilson, Kirky, Craig Mulholland, how much on wages per annum ?
  12. Nobody likes seeing these youngsters break into the first team more than me, our situation has meant that they are more opportunities and they have come earlier. Lewis McLeod was always going to make the break through it was just a matter of when, Robbie Crawford was a favourite of mine but I was beginning to think it wasn't going to.happen for him. Barrie McKay and Fraser Aird have been a bonus, having come to the club later at U18 and u17 respectively. The good news is there are quite a few in the 16-19 bracket that could also make the step up in the next couple of seasons. Most have been at the club since a very young age, a few like Luca Gasparotto have come in at older youth ages (he came at U17) and a couple of Sinky purchases could be a success too, Stuart Urquhart, Jordan Wilson , Greg Pascazio for example. Not all good news though, I just heard he has released another player he "bought" last summer which now makes it ELEVEN players he has purchased then released in 20 months without them making the youth team. If any of us were making so many expensive mistakes we wouldn't be in a job. The standard and style of play of the 15's and 16's leaves a lot to be desired. Under his tenure Rangers seem to be really good up to U12's, the first season under his guidance U13, they are still usually one of the better teams if not the best, over the next 2-3 years things seem to deteriorate and we have the situation where few are making the International squads, and other clubs have overtaken us.
  13. There isn't harder working player than Callum, he really does put in a shift. This season he added goals to his game, he wasn't prolific in his previous two seasons. Sinky told him he was being released at the end of 2010/11 season, then after he came on as a sub in that season's Glasgow Cup Final he changed his mind. If Callum keeps performing the way he has been first team recognition can't ne far away. On a different note just heard Sinky released another player he "purchased" a year ago, another that cost around £1000 per month while at Rangers, then deemed not good enough to earn a youth contract. I'll go into more details on the player once I confirm his release. He can still put a spin on those making the first team, although they were either there before him or in the case of McKay and Aird signed at U17 AND u18.
  14. Its a fear that he can put a spin on it, but if we can't play youngsters at the level we are at then we are in big trouble. McLeod and Crawford were there before Sinclair, he landed lucky with McKay and Aird. There are a lot of good prospects at 16 and 17 most were there before Sinclair. It's 14's 15's and 16's that are the real concern and what he will do to the younger age groups when he gets a hold of them, Sunday 21st October is when we are due to play Celtic which should be a measure of where we are with them. Tonight Scotland u16's play Poland, Rangers have ONE in the squad, Celtic have SEVEN and Kilmarnock THREE. The young players promoted have done well and I think we will see a few more. But it has to be put into perspective, we are playing in the third divison. The Queen's Park team that beat Elgin 4-0 on Saturday had youngsters of a similar profile. Andy Robertson an 1994 same as Barry McKay, Owen Ronald an 1993 same as Robbie Crawford and Lawrence Shankland (who Sinky didn't fancy, he has scored 5 goals so far this season) is an 1995 same as Fraser Aird.
  15. This week's Youth results. Sunday U13 Motherwell 0 Rangers 9 U14 Motherwell 3 Rangers 2 U15 Rangers 4 Motherwell 1 U20 Rangers 3 Dumbarton 0 Monday U16 Rangers 3 Motherwell 2 I was hoping to get to the U15 & U16 games but work commitments meant I didn't make it. I did get to first half of U20 game before heading to Ibrox.
  16. Development Teams Meet Accies U14 Rangers 7 Accies 2 U15 Accies 2 Rangers 2 (last minute equaliser) U17 Accies 3 Rangers 4 (2 goals in last ten minutes) Apologies I arrived at what I thought was the kick-off, not realising Danny Stoney put Rangers ahead after 30 seconds. http://rfcyouths.wordpress.com/2012/09/16/development-teams-meet-accies/ With JS, TW and BK on the touchline how much does that cost a year in wages, are we getting value ?
  17. The four players with Scotland 17's are all excellent prospects, Danny Stoney, Liam Kelly, Ryan Sinnamon and Tom Walsh. Could it be a coincidence that they were all at the club Sinky.
  18. Report on tonights game Late Leveller For 16′s http://rfcyouths.wordpress.com/2012/09/10/late-leveller-for-16s/ A goal 2 minutes from time prevents another loss to Hibs
  19. Total control from U13 up,I was told he picks every team which I found hard to believe but apparently is true. Coaches seem to most concerned about keeping their jobs. Eddie May is still there but seems pretty subdued. Its been confirmed.Ryan Smith bought from Queen's Park a year ago has been released and joined Hamilton Accies. With the development compensation fees of £5,000 per season how much did that cost ? £1000+ per month ?
  20. 15's lose to Hibs Report from today's game http://rfcyouths.wordpress.com/2012/09/09/15s-lose-to-hibs/ Watching Sinclair's teams is becoming a chore Just got the other scores from today U14 Hibs 4 Rangers 0 !! U13 Hibs 4 Rangers 5
  21. 15's lose to Hibs Report from today's game http://rfcyouths.wordpress.com/2012/09/09/15s-lose-to-hibs/ Watching Sinclair's teams is becoming a chore
  22. Under 20′s Win Report on today's game http://rfcyouths.wordpress.com/2012/09/04/under-20s-win/
  23. Next in line to Matty Clarke would be Jordan Wilson (Tommy Wilson's nephew) who is a year younger. I know a lot don't agree with me but I think he is a decent player. Matty would be the only real option for promotion at the moment, more like someone would be played out of position.
  24. Matty Clarke now seems to have settled at left back and could certainly come in at the level we are playing at. Jamie Mills is quick but so is Usain Bolt, he is okay but personally I thought Ross Kellock was the better player, he has been released and signed for St.Mirren.
  25. Got injured pre-season so hasn't featured so far, not sure how far away from fitness he is. A note of greater concern, just heard U15's lost 3-0 today to feckin DUNFERMLINE !! How long can this go on.
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