Rangers announce new international partnership
It feels like there’s a lot going on behind the scenes at Rangers at the moment.
The Gers have announced a flurry of new contract extensions for several promising young players in recent days, and have backed that up with another announcement about their commercial and youth ventures.
As reported by the BBC, the club have struck up a partnership with American side Orange County SC, who currently play in the USL.
As part of the new association, the Light Blues will send youth players over the California on loan to help them with their development.
The two teams will also have shared commercial activities, and this all comes in the wake of Orange County sending over United States youth internationals Francis Jacobs, Aaron Cervantes and Diego Lopez to Glasgow on trial this month.
All in all, this seems like a really smart move from the Gers.
Anything that is going to get their young players regular minutes at a decent level is always going to be a popular venture, and if that just happens to raise their profile in the States, then so be it.
The other major positive appears to be the potential for exceptionally talented American players coming in the other direction.
Even if the Gers only get one top tier talent out of that deal, then it would be a success, and one more talent than they would have picked up otherwise.
This kind of partnership is increasingly how youth development will be enacted, and that fact that Rangers have jumped on that bandwagon can only mean good things for the club further down the line.
By the sounds of it, this is a smart move for everybody involved.