Youth football expert likes Rangers 'gamble' in summer recruitment

We’re delighted to welcome the founder of Kinetic Academy Harry Hudson as our exclusive columnist. Each week the youth football expert will be giving his views on the biggest talking points on wonderkids across the UK…

Rangers made some big moves over the summer to recruit top talent for their youth football ranks along with seven senior additions.

The likes of Tom Lawrence, Rabbi Matondo and Antonio Colak all took the headlines but some of the club’s signings for the B team and Under-18s squad have also seriously impressed.

No fewer than seven teenagers joined the club over the off-season to primarily start with the club’s academy sides such as Zak Lovelace from Millwall and Cameron Bell from Everton.

Four of those youngsters also came from other clubs in Scotland and they were able to sign them all on purely compensation fees having not signed professional terms with their previous clubs.

Kinetic Academy founder Harry Hudson, who helped the likes of Joe Aribo to greatness, believes that this is just the business model in place at Ibrox and not something that should be of concern.

“There is a difference between signing players to be fillers for the B team and Rangers signing top talents from all over,” Hudson told The Football Wonderkids.

“If the model for a club is to push players through to the first team and then maybe sell them on, you might have to gamble on signing three of four players on decent money at 15 or 16 and one might make it through.

“Ultimately, you have to remember that this is a business model that some clubs have and for every Calvin Bassey at Rangers who sells for £20million, they might gamble of half a dozen players who they think might make it but only maybe one will.”

In other Rangers news, Hudson described the elation he went through as he watched Aribo score in the Europa League final last season.