By Jack Cunningham

14th Jul, 2021 | 8:30pm

Rangers set to try and find talent from the UAE after opening an academy in Abu Dhabi

Rangers are the latest big European club to open up an academy in the UAE, according to a report from the National News.

They claim that the Gers have followed the likes of Barcelona and Juventus in launching an academy in the UAE. The academy is set to open on September 5 and will be open for both boys and girls. Crucially there will also be “opportunities for young players” to go to Ibrox.

The Gers already have partner clubs in India and Germany, and this move is described as the latest part of the “club’s international strategy” to expand in the Middle East. This new academy could allow the Gers to pick out the best talent to help both the men’s and women’s teams.

Will this benefit Rangers?

This is most definitely a long-term move from the Gers, and it shows that the board are thinking about the long-term future of the club and not just about the here and now.

The fact that the only other clubs to have done this include some of Europe’s biggest clubs is a testament to how quickly Rangers have jumped on this opportunity.

It would be fantastic if, in a few years, Rangers start to reap the benefits of this, and we see more players from the Middle East in Scotland playing for the Gers.

Obviously, this won’t have any short-term impact, but it should indicate to Gers fans that their club are thinking about the future, and that is a positive sign.

This move from Rangers shows a great understanding of a potential area for new talent and could also lead to increased marketing opportunities, so this could be a huge win in the long term.

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