An exciting Rangers claim has been made regarding where the Ibrox club could look to strengthen…
Finance expert Kieran Maguire has backed the Gers to invest in their infrastructure to improve their youth setup in the years to come.
He told Football Insider: “Yes, I’d expect more investment in the academy.
“You only have to strike gold once. But you do your homework before you start drilling, you’re much more likely to strike gold. Some people do feel a bit uncomfortable in viewing young men as commodities, but it is part of the nature of football.
“If we take a look at Rangers’ sales since 2012-13, they have generated £12m worth of sales up to 30 June 2021.
“So Patterson has effectively doubled in one transaction what they made in nine years previously. In that same time, Celtic have generated £122m, so that’s a £98m gap.“
Rangers fans will surely be left buzzing by this news, as it suggests that they could look forward to more academy players making a huge profit for the club.
They can live vicariously through the player as the academy prospect potentially lives out their own fantasy on the pitch for the club. It also allows the supporters to resonate with them more than a player who may come in from elsewhere as they are ‘one of their own’, having been developed at the club.
Rangers porting director Ross Wilson paid tribute to those at the academy for their part in the 20-year-old’s progress, saying: “Our Academy staff can be proud of the role they’ve played in Nathan’s development. We are proud of Nathan, he leaves as a champion and I will follow every step of his career and journey and he will always be connected to Rangers. I am sure we will see him back supporting the lads at Ibrox soon.”
Imagine what Rangers could do with more funds and better facilities with which to work in the coming years. They could develop multiple players for the first team instead of one every now and then, and the club could have a conveyor belt of talent ready for Giovanni van Bronckhorst to unleash.
Fans will surely love to see that happening, and that is why they must be buzzing by this claim from Maguire. Hopefully more money will now be invested into the academy and the next Patterson can emerge sooner rather than later.