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It seems to also be the jump from youth football to senior football we have the trouble with. We are a fan base that wants instant success, and this doesn't work well with youth progression

Totally agree with what you say. Patience will be our reward, impatience will be our failure. Mr Wallace seems very clued up on youth development but it will probably be done as a 5 year plan, and not as a throw cash at it quick fix.

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We need a quality scouting system implemented ASAP! Could this change peoples opinions of Ally and his apparent reluctance to play the youth players?

From the Evening Times

The Canadian kid has been tipped for a bright future at Ibrox, but has struggled to make the breakthrough into Ally McCoist's plans in recent months as the club have raced clear at the top of the table.

Captain Lee McCulloch and summer signing Bilel Mohsni have formed a solid partnership at the heart of the Light Blues rearguard and will lift the title in a matter of weeks as the Gers storm towards two-in-a-row.

McCoist could rotate his squad once the silverware is in the Ibrox trophy cabinet and Gasparotto, who will turn out for Gordon Durie's Under-20 side in their Scottish Cup tie with Dunfermline this weekend, is eager to show what he can do following a loan stint at Stirling Albion earlier in the campaign.

He said: "The same happened last season, when me, Andy Murdoch and Danny Stoney all got a chance.

"I'm hoping the same thing happens this year, that the gaffer can throw in some of the young boys to get experience. I went on loan earlier in the season to get some experience, which was really good for me.

"It gave me a taste of what it's like to play first-team football. Even although it was the lower league, it was against more experienced players and helped me develop as a player.

"Hopefully the gaffer can get some of us young boys in. We've been working hard with Dukey, who's done a great job."

With McCulloch and Mohsni both suspended for Saturday's victory over Ayr United, many Gers fans had hoped to see Gasparotto in action at Somerset Park.

The defender was overlooked, however, with Emilson Cribari and Seb Faure filling in at centre-back.

Gasparotto's chance is likely to arrive before the end of the campaign and the Murray Park kid is determined to use his latest setback as motivation.

He said: "It's always nice to be in the manager's thoughts. I was disappointed not to get into the squad, but I'm delighted for Craig Halkett, who's been playing really well for the Under-20s and deserves a chance, along with all the young boys I've been playing with.

"We've all been playing really well and it's great for them to get in the squad and on the bench. I'm just going to keep working hard and hopefully the chance will come round again.

"There's always a chance (to break through), with injuries and suspensions. You just have to keep working hard and waiting for that chance.

"When it does, you have to grab it and hold on to it. I was disappointed not to get into the squad, but I know it won't be the last chance.

"At the end of last season there were injuries and I got in; I even got a start. I'm disappointed but it's not the end of the world. I'm just going to keep working hard and wait for another chance to come along."

While Gasparotto has had to be patient and wait for his chance to shine at Ibrox, he has seen Murray Park peers Lewis Macleod and Fraser Aird make the most of their big breaks.

The duo have turned in a number of impressive performances for McCoist's side this term and the defender admits they are the ones to look up to.

Gasparotto said: "All the young boys know that it's round the corner. Lewis and Fraser have been doing really well. I'm delighted for them and hopefully some more young boys can follow in their footsteps in the coming years."

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From the Evening Times

Yet only time will tell if the Ibrox chief executive will give the go-ahead to implement the plans, structure and vision laid out by manager Ally McCoist as he looks beyond the end of the season and to the months and years that lie ahead.

The Gers boss and Academy Operations manager at Murray Park, Craig Mulholland, have presented a paper to Wallace to outline the work that needs to be undertaken to revamp the scouting network at the club, an area that has been neglected at a time when it is needed most.

Rangers' drop down into the Third Division last season should have been a watershed moment, with everyone from the boardroom to the training pitch buying into an ethos that would herald in a new dawn and see the club produce the next crop of Scottish stars from behind the blue crested gates of Auchenhowie while recruiting up-and-coming talent to filter into the first team.

It is only 18 months ago that McCoist was speaking enthusiastically about implementing a model mirroring those in place at Ajax, PSV and Porto in Rangers' backyard, employing scouts and coaches to find and nurture promising players and turning them into stars at Ibrox before, in all likelihood, being sold on for a profit.

Part of the process has been, to a degree, a success, with the likes of Lewis Macleod and Fraser Aird emerging through the ranks to play a key role for McCoist's side as they have stormed to the brink of two-in-a-row.

The showings of Gordon Durie's Under-20 outfit has been a source of encouragement for the Light Blue legions, too, with the Murray Park kids currently on an impressive run of form and several players pushing for a shot at first-team glory before the end of the League One campaign.

But a sense of what might have been and missed opportunity continues to linger around Rangers as boardroom battles and off-field distractions have taken the spotlight off the most important area of the club - the football department.

Of the players McCoist has signed since last summer, few are the identikit star of the future as the tried and trusted household names in Scotland have done what has been required of them thus far.

Soon the Gers will have to look at the bigger picture and the wider world, however, as they move into a market that they have failed to exploit thus far, yet one which could yield significant prizes.

Even a club of Rangers size, history and stature was always going to struggle to attract the best young talent not just in Scotland but from the continent while they were playing in the Third Division, but as they move closer to the Premiership, they become a more attractive proposition for players looking to make a name for themselves.

A Rangers that is competing for domestic silverware and playing in Europe could be the ideal stepping stone to youngsters in need of a big break and a chance to impress, and while the Light Blues are not at that level yet, they have to once again aim high and think outside the box while ensuring they have a structure in place to find and attract a different type of player.

It is why the document McCoist and Mulholland presented to Wallace, and the talks the manager and his chief executive will have in the coming weeks, are so crucial to Rangers' future.

Since the controversial departure of chief scout Neil Murray last April, Rangers have been operating without a recognised scouting department at first-team level, a situation that undoubtedly needs to be addressed with a matter of urgency.

THE Ibrox board only have to look across the city to see the success Celtic have had in the transfer market recently to understand the importance of having a proper network of talent spotters in place, with the likes of Ki Sung-Yeung and Victor Wanyama just two examples of raw diamonds that can fetch big money after a few years polishing.

There is, of course, no exact science to player recruitment, especially at the level of investment Rangers can afford, but it is a route they will have to go down in the years to come and the foundations should already have been laid.

Wallace this week passed the halfway mark in his 120-day review of Rangers' operations, the outcome of which will determine where they are heading on and off the field in the coming years.

In the face of what is likely to be more cost-cutting measures, McCoist will have to shop in a far different marketplace to his predecessors in the Ibrox hotseat, the requirement to buy low and sell high more important than ever before.

The Gers boss has had little chance to project his football philosophy or plans for the future to supporters as he has been embroiled in the politics of boardroom bickering, but the success of his scouting blueprint is of paramount importance.

Time has been squandered in Rangers' rebuilding process but now it is of the essence if the future is going to be bright.

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*youth player gets a start*

*said youth player missplaces a pass*

*crowd grumble*

*said youth player beats 4 players, gets to the byline and hits a wayward cross*

*crowd gets on his back*

*gets labled shite and not rangers class*

*rinse and repeat*

*goes to a higher club and does well there*

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Yes this is certainly a positive, but how many people actually know what it means ?

It has got nothing to do with how well the academy does in scouting or developing players. It is a confirmation that all the facilities and resources are in place that are needed to achieve six star status.

The link gives the criteria for each category last season, don't think it wil have changed much

http://www.scottishfa.co.uk/resources/documents/ClubLicensing/Part5:GeneralAppendix2013/A30%20Club%20Academy%20Scotland%20Minimum%20Criteria.pdf

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