By Joe Ellis

20th Jul, 2022 | 11:40am

Rangers hire Laurie Ellis to propel academy forward after Queen's Park departure

Rangers have hired former Queen’s Park manager Laurie Ellis to play a key role in the academy at Auchenhowie, according to Football Scotland.

The 42-year-old left his role as the main man at Hampden Park in December after he had been the assistant manager for their league-winning League Two campaign but did not see the season out as they went on to secure another promotion.

Ellis will take on a hands-on role with Rangers which will see him work with the club’s most promising young players and help them negotiate the pathway to the B Team and then eventually the senior team under Giovanni van Bronckhorst.

He has previously worked as an assistant coach at a variety of Scottish clubs but this won’t be his first foray into academy coaching having been employed by the Scottish FA as a performance school coach.

Future planning

You can never plan too far ahead in football and the Light Blues are doing everything they can to make sure they have the best foundation in place to dominate Scottish football.

There has been a big recruitment drive this summer to get some of Scotland’s and Britain’s best young players to Ibrox and it has worked tremendously so far.

Bailey Rice, Zak Lovelace, Keiron Willox and Mason Munn are just a handful of those who have signed for Rangers to feature in the academy teams and they can all expect some great benefits from Ellis’ experience.

Having just earned his UEFA pro license alongside Mark Spalding, also a Gers coach, the former Spiders manager has all the knowledge required to make a big impact on the next generation of Bears talent.

The club have done well to focus on more than just the personnel on the pitch this summer because it is often those on the sidelines that can win and lose games at any level.

In other Rangers news, van Bronckhorst has admitted that he is still looking for another new signing for the first team despite a good performance by one player in a friendly.