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He Was In High Demand – Craig Mulholland Delighted With Capture of James Graham

Rangers academy head Craig Mulholland has stressed the Gers’ ability to snap up James Graham from Ross County, amidst interest from Premier League clubs, speaks volumes about the club’s youth set-up.

Graham has featured for Ross County’s Under-18 side and the 16-year old’s exploits for the Staggies saw him garner attention from some of England’s top flight clubs and other major clubs in Scotland.

However, Graham chose to sign for Scottish Premiership side Rangers, despite interest from top flight English clubs.

Gers head of academy Mulholland is excited by Graham’s arrival at Ibrox and stressed the club’s strategy of securing the services of the country’s brightest prospects is an important aspect of the club.

Mulholland is proud that his club beat top English sides to the punch in closing the deal to sign Graham and claimed it is testament to the club’s youth set-up.

“I am delighted to welcome James to Rangers. James was in high demand from EPL clubs and another in Scotland and it is an important part of our strategy that we secure Scotland’s brightest talent first”, Mulholland told the club’s official site.

“It is testimony to the quality of programme and staff we now have that he has chosen Rangers ahead of some top English Academies for the next few years of his education.

“Our recruitment team and coaching staff have watched James on many occasions and he scored an excellent goal against us in the Youth Cup quarter-final.

“He is a dynamic, quick and tenacious forward with excellent energy and finishing abilities.

“As a Rangers fan, I know James can’t wait to get started and we look forward to welcoming him to the Academy in the near future.”

Graham will be keen to help Rangers’ youngsters continue to enjoy success after they won the prestigious Alkass International Cup in 2019.

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Gerrard reaction to shock approach from Birmingham

Steven Gerrard has knocked back an approach from Birmingham City to remain at Rangers, Football Insider can reveal.

This site revealed earlier today the English Championship big guns have set their sights on Gerrard after announcing the departure of Pep Clotet earlier this month.

A source with knowledge of Gerrard’s situation has told Football Insider that he was approached to ascertain his interest in taking over at St Andrews.

The 40-year-old ruled out the possibility as he wants to remain at Ibrox and secure his first trophy at the club next season.

Gerrard is especially motivated to knock Celtic off their perch and end their tilt at 10-in-a-row next season.

The Liverpool idol has failed to stop the Hoops’ stranglehold on the Scottish trophies since being appointed in the summer of 2018.

But he has earned praise for overseeing two impressive European campaigns as well as narrowing the gap on a dominant Celtic side who have won nine consecutive titles.

Gerrard and his extensive backroom staff signed new five-year contracts last December that tie them to Rangers until the summer of 2024.

Losing out on Gerrard is a blow for Birmingham, who are searching for their sixth manager in three-and-a-half years.

Football Insider first revealed on 1 May that Birmingham were planning to sack the 43-year-old.

Clotet has confirmed he will leave the Blues at the end of the current campaign after overseeing the club’s remaining eight games.

Birmingham, who returned to action with a 0-0 draw against local rivals West Brom last weekend, are 16th in the Championship table.

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Manager Meets Alex Wilson

THIS week, Rangers manager Steven Gerrard took time out to speak to 88 year-old season-ticket holder Alex Wilson.

Like every other supporter, Alex has been missing his regular trips to Ibrox, with lockdown and the shielding instructions confining him to his home for the last few months.

Alex is something of a celebrity in the Broomloan Front at Ibrox, where he is well-known to all those who sit around him.

They will be missing him, just as he is missing them, but in order to spread some cheer this week, Rangers manager Steven Gerrard took some time out of his busy pre-season schedule to speak to Alex and wife Sheila over Zoom.

The manager was thrilled to chat to the couple, who quizzed the manager on pre-season so far, before they discussed Alex’s favourite Rangers team from the late 1940s and 1950s.

Boss Gerrard then invited Alex to come and meet him, his staff and his players on an Ibrox matchday once the advice allows, with Alex delighted to take the manager up on his offer.

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Sharp Scotty Is Raring To Go

SCOTT ARFIELD feels he’s in super shape as Rangers get fully into the swing of pre-season.

After last week returning to the Rangers Training Centre, albeit under rather different circumstances given the Coronavirus restrictions, the squad have been hard at work in preparation for the new season.

For Arfield, he’s taken well to the new way of working, and feels the programmes the players have been working on since their last game on March 12 has benefited him enormously.

“I feel really good,” he told RangersTV. “I feel really sharp and I feel really fit. We’ve been given programmes ever since the Celtic game was called off on the 15th of March – programmes from that Monday and right through, and we have been following them.

“I think I’ve only had one week off, so I’ve been running for 12 weeks. When you’re running yourself, you don’t really get a gauge how fit you are until you come back but fitness has never been an issue for this team.

“We’re a really fit group of boys, but it’s a different scenario not being on the pitch, and when you get a ball, it’s a different kind of fitness but I think in the next two or three weeks we’ll see the best of that.

“I’ve loved [being back]. It’s back to some sort of normality, albeit we are only training in small groups, but it is good to see everyone.

“As I’ve always said, you need a chameleon mindset – you need to adapt to your surroundings and scenarios that you’re thrown into. The quicker you do that, the more you take on-board and the easier it is for everybody.”

Arfield, who always has such a positive outlook on life, has found ways to enjoy the last three months, continuing: “They have been very unique in a football situation, but I have to admit, I’ve loved it and I have taken the positives from it through the full three months.

“I’ve just enjoyed the time with the family and made sure I was ready to go for coming back.”

“Of course it was hard [not seeing teammates], but I think in this day and age with technology, we can stay in-touch in that scenario. But there is nothing like human contact in any place of work, so of course, it was hard, but I think the biggest picture through everything was coming back and being ready to go ahead of another ginormous season for us.”

One man who Arfield was full of praise for was Club Doctor, Dr Mark Waller, who has been leading Rangers’ response to the virus, and also been instrumental in a wider Scottish football sense.

Arfield added: “He’s been brilliant. Even just after the Leverkusen game when the virus was beginning to be an issue, he let everyone know as clearly as possible where they stood.

“Dr Waller has been on it, and it just shows, when you have a doctor like him leading everyone, you can’t go wrong.”

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Academy Sign James Graham

RANGERS ACADEMY are today delighted to announce the signing of James Graham from Ross County.

While there was interest from a number of top English clubs, 16 year-old striker Graham has opted to choose Rangers as the place to continue his footballing development.

Despite only recently turning 16, Graham has already featured for Ross County’s under-18 side, and will now join Gers on a permanent basis.

Rangers’ Head of Academy Craig Mulholland commented: “I am delighted to welcome James to Rangers. James was in high demand from EPL clubs and another in Scotland and it is an important part of our strategy that we secure Scotland’s brightest talent first.  It is testimony to the quality of programme and staff we now have that he has chosen Rangers ahead of some top English Academies for the next few years of his education.

“Our recruitment team and coaching staff have watched James on many occasions and he scored an excellent goal against us in the Youth Cup quarter-final.  He is a dynamic, quick and tenacious forward with excellent energy and finishing abilities. As a Rangers fan, I know James can’t wait to get started and we look forward to welcoming him to the Academy in the near future.”

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Rangers Linked With Rekindling Interest in Kemar Roofe

Rangers could move for Kemar Roofe if they lose Alfredo Morelos this summer, according to the Evening Times

Roofe, 27, was linked with a move to Ibrox before he swapped Leeds United for Belgian side Anderlecht last summer and the Gers could revisit their interest if Morelos goes.

Injury interrupted Roofe’s first season at Anderlecht and he only managed to make 16 appearances across all competitions for the club, scoring seven goals.

His arrival excited the Anderlecht faithful and it is unclear how much Rangers might have to offer to convince the Belgian side to sell.

Morelos has continued to be linked with a possible exit from Rangers, amidst interest from a number of clubs.

The Colombian striker hit the back of the net 29 times in 46 appearances for Rangers over the course of the curtailed 2019/20 campaign.

However, Morelos did not score in the Scottish Premiership from the new year onwards, as Rangers struggled to maintain a title push.

Morelos, 24, is just now 23 goals away from reaching the 100-goal mark from Rangers and it remains to be seen if he will remain at the club long enough to hit the milestone.

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I Have An Idea of Ibrox Atmosphere – Jon McLaughlin Relishing Gers Action

Jon McLaughlin feels he already has an idea of what the atmosphere at Rangers’ Ibrox is like and is relishing the chance to experience it as a Gers player.

McLaughlin has joined Rangers on a two-year deal after parting ways with his former club Sunderland, where he was out of contract.

The Scottish goalkeeper is set to challenge compatriot Allan McGregor for the number 1 spot between the sticks when the new season begins.

The ex-Black Cat is hopeful his experience playing in England and Scotland will help to raise the standard of the team, with the shot-stopper stressing he is hungry and has a lot left in him to offer to the Glasgow-based side.

McLaughlin, 32, admitted he loved the atmosphere at Ibrox when he travelled to the ground during his time at Hearts and insisted he is looking forward to playing for the club and enjoying the actual experience of representing the Gers.

“Hopefully I can bring my experience. The age I am at now, the number of games I have played, the level I have played at and the clubs I have played for have all helped me to become the goalkeeper that I am”, McLaughlin told Rangers’ official site.

“I am still very hungry and feel that I am in a good position in my career.

“I still have a lot to give and a lot to offer, and hopefully, I can just come and help to improve the overall standard of the squad, of the goalkeepers and do whatever I can do to help this team.

“I also have the experience of playing at Ibrox when I was at Hearts as well, so I have experienced that and really enjoyed the atmosphere and the feeling, and I already have an idea of what it is going to be like.

“But to actually play for the club will be a different experience and it is one I am really looking forward to.”

McLaughlin was Sunderland’s first-choice goalkeeper before he left the club where he made 32 appearances this season in the league before the rest of the League One campaign was called off.

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Kelly Signs Until 2023

RANGERS are today delighted to announce midfielder Stephen Kelly has agreed a long-term contract extension, keeping him with the club until 2023.

20 year-old Kelly, who has come through the Rangers Academy, spent a successful season on-loan at Championship Ayr United in 2019/20, where he netted six goals in 33 appearances to help the Honest Men finish in the play-off places when the season was called.

He has already made his Rangers first-team debut, that coming against Ayr in a League Cup clash back in September 2018 at Ibrox with the Light Blues running out 4-0 winners.

As he continues his development, Stephen will spend season 2020/21 on-loan at Scottish Premiership side Ross County, with Rangers retaining a January break clause.

Lifelong Rangers fan Kelly commented: “I’m delighted that I’ve now got another couple of years with Rangers to try and make the gap and get into the first team.

“I had a loan spell with Ayr United which has paid off and hopefully I can now keep working and keep progressing in the years to come.

“I definitely think I am capable of playing top flight football and I am excited to go to Ross County.”

Meanwhile, Sporting Director Ross Wilson added: “Stevie is developing really well and impressing all of us with his progress. He had a really good experience at Ayr United and we thank Ian McCall and Mark Kerr for the confidence shown in him and for aiding his development at Somerset Park.

“Stevie repaid that faith as Ayr’s young player of the season. In turn we have rewarded him with this new contact which is part of what we will do going forward at Rangers, reward young players when they earn it. It was part of our development plan for him to now test himself at Premiership level and Steven Gerrard has made clear to Stevie that we expect him to make a strong impact in the league at Ross County.”

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Vignal To Vacate Role

GREGORY VIGNAL will today vacate his role as Joint Head Coach of Rangers Women’s first team. Everyone at the club is grateful for Gregory’s commitment and energy during his time as a coach over the last few years.

Since re-joining the club, which he played for in the mid 2000’s under Alex McLeish, Gregory has undertaken a variety of roles in the Academy, before moving last year to the role of Women’s first-team Head Coach. Gregory has played a pivotal role in the creation of the new full-time women’s professional team, the first of its kind in Scotland, and has ensured a smooth transition for the Women’s programme as it integrated into the high performance football department at the training ground.

Vignal said “Following discussion with the club we have reached the mutual decision not to extend my contract which is due to expire. I would like to thank everyone at the club especially the Manager, Steven Gerrard, Sporting Director, Ross Wilson, and Head of Academy, Craig Mulholland. I would also like to thank all of the players and staff I have worked with and most importantly the fans for all of your support over the last three years.

“It has been an honour and privilege for me and my family to represent this fabulous institution which is Rangers FC. I would like to wish all the best to the club for a successful 2020/21”

Sporting Director, Ross Wilson commented “Our Women’s programme is important and an integral part of the football department, evidenced in our pioneering and innovative approach in our move to become a full-time professional team.

“Gregory has contributed significantly in this transition and since I joined the club he has shown enormous enthusiasm throughout. We introduced Malky Thomson to the womens’ programme in January and Malky will ensure a seamless transition for the squad.

“I wish Gregory the very best of luck in his next chapter and I am pleased that our paths have crossed at Rangers and we have been able to contribute to his journey.”

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Jon Targets More Scots Caps

AFTER putting pen-to-paper to become Rangers’ third signing of the summer, goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin has his eyes set not only on challenging for a slot at Ibrox, but also a place in the Scotland national team.

Capped twice already by his nation, McLaughlin is desperate to become a regular fixture for the Dark Blues going forward – and he reckons the move to Gers could help him realise his dream.

Speaking to RangersTV after singing his contract, McLaughlin said: “I hope so and I hope that it certainly helps that situation. It has been slightly difficult with the league situation down in England and hopefully this can further my reputation and help in-terms of how it is viewed by Steve Clarke and the Scotland setup.

“It’s a very proud moment for myself and for the family. It is great to be back up here in Scotland and we are very proud to have made the deal happen and I am really looking forward to now getting back to football and starting my next chapter here with an amazing football club.

“Knowing the club already, and what a massive club it is and what a huge opportunity it could be, and speaking with the manager and his staff, and knowing the vision and the direction they have got, and what they are trying to achieve here, and the opportunity to be a part of that and hopefully be a part of something special here was what sold it to me.”

One man who knows plenty both about Rangers and Scotland is current Gers number one Allan McGregor.

He’s someone McLaughlin knows from previous Scotland squads prior to McGregor announcing his international retirement, and he’s looking forward to picking his brains and training with him on a daily basis.

McLaughlin continued: “Greegsy is a fantastic goalkeeper and I have worked with him in small parts before with the Scotland set-up and I know about him and it has been always great to get to work with people of his standard day-in, day-out.

“Again, that was a big part of this, and getting to come to somewhere that you’re going to be working with someone of that level day-in, day-out and hopefully that will only benefit myself.”

McLaughlin, who has impressed with his consistency and durability in over 400 career appearances, believes he can add plenty now to the current setup at Rangers.

He continued: “Hopefully I can bring my experience. The age I am at now, the number of games I have played, the level I have played at and the clubs I have played for have all helped me to become the goalkeeper that I am.

“I am still very hungry and feel that I am in a good position in my career. I still have a lot to give and a lot to offer, and hopefully, I can just come and help to improve the overall standard of the squad, of the goalkeepers and do whatever I can do to help this team.

“I’ve played for a couple of clubs now that have large crowds and big expectations with hostile atmospheres.

“I also have the experience of playing at Ibrox when I was at Hearts as well, so I have experienced that and really enjoyed the atmosphere and the feeling, and I already have an idea of what it is going to be like.

“But to actually play for the club will be a different experience and it is one I am really looking forward to.”

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