Cammy Palmer RYDC Q&A

Rangers Academy star Cammy Palmer took part in a Rangers Youth Development Company Twitter Q&A session at the Hummel Training Centre recently and was delighted to answer fans’ questions.

The 18-year-old midfielder was a consistent performer for the young Light Blues side in their innovative Games Programme last season and he started the 2018/19 campaign positively.

Here are the highlights of his Q&A session….

Q – Gary Thompson – Do you believe your excellent performances for the reserves and hopefully first team involvement will put you into Michael O’Neill’s thoughts and Northern Ireland contention in the near future?

A – I was playing with Northern Ireland recently and the manager came to watch. He really encourages us to keep playing the way we are so there are opportunities there. Hopefully some good performances will help me make the step up

Q – Big Blue Duck – Greatest role models inside football and outside?

A – My family, my parents have helped with long journeys and all the effort they have put in. They encourage me to keep pushing on. And the coaches at Rangers have really encouraged me to develop.

Q – Vince Alvarado – Has Canada ever approached you about representing them?

A – Yes – they have but I don’t think I am eligible to play. I was born in England and moved to Canada when I was 8 months old and lived there for ten years. I am eligible to play for Northern Ireland, England and Scotland

Q – Cairo Kearney – Who was your hero growing up?

A – Zinedine Zidane was probably my favourite player. The way he controlled the game, he made it look effortless

Q – Gavin Wright – Just how easy did you find it against an ageing ginger actor and did you not feel sorry for him when you kept waltzing past him in the charity legends match at Ibrox…?

A – I think you were taking it easy on me. You really showed your great acting skills!

Q – Kevin Thomson – Ask him how he let an old man do all his running in the legends game!!!??? My legs are still sore now!!

A – Just looking out for you old man – I know you needed some miles in the legs

Q – Mark Harvey – Has seeing Ross McCrorie and Glenn Middleton doing so well in the first team given the young players a boost?

A – Definitely – not too long ago they were playing with us and are now playing week in and week out in the first team. There are definitely opportunities there and shows we are not far away

Q – Mark Harvey – Which of our current midfield players would you say your style is most similar to?

A – I’d say my style is unique but if I were to choose I’d say Scott Arfield

Q – Ross Whitehead – Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

A – Hopefully playing in the Rangers first team, and if not hopefully first team football elsewhere

Q – Willie – Where do you think you have improved most since coming up from the under 17’s?

A – The main thing is the confidence in my ability. With confidence other things follow like technique. I am communicating more in games and in training and that has made me realise I have earned the right to be here

Q – Snagsy – what’s your favourite thing about the current coaching set up and what is it that motivates you every day?

A – The one on one help you get here – the coaches are always available to discuss anything and try to improve our game. Every aspect of our game is targeted and we can work on the things we need to improve on in training

Q – Fiona – What was it like to share a pitch with so many legends during the game in March, and who did you idolise the most out of all them?

A – I think just knowing how successful these guys were for Rangers and the trophies they won. Working with Ally McCoist was great and hearing all his stories. I was really looking forward to it and it was great to score as well

Q – Jamie Hunter – How did you come to join Rangers and what would you say is your natural/best midfield position?

A – I lived in Canada and my coach was Andy Kennedy who played here and when I moved back to Scotland in 2011 he told the club and I have been here ever since. My most natural position is central defensive midfield. But this season I have started playing further forward. I am not the best goalscorer so maybe having me further back is best

Q – Colin – Growing up who were your heroes?

A – I was a Rangers fan in Canada but looking at guys like Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Kante at Chelsea. The manager and Lampard made their debuts around my age

Q – Alan – Who is your game closest to, Steven Gerrard or Gary McAllister?

A – I think my game is a bit of both – they are both magnificent players and if my game is half as good as either I would be happy

Q – Junior – Do the youngsters still clean the senior players boots, like they did back in the day?

A – Jimmy Bell cleans all the players boots but the young players do the staff boots

Q – Aidan McAdams – Who’s the best Fortnite player in the team??

A – The worst is this guy Goalie Gloves

Since 2002, RYDC profits have been directed to Rangers Football Club’s youth programme – with almost £8 million provided so far.

And in January 2019, Academy Head Craig Mulholland and youth graduate Glenn Middleton accepted an RYDC donation of £400,000.

For full details on RYDC’s growing portfolio of products – the re-launched Rangers Pools, Rangers Lotto, Rising Stars, Scratchcards, Stadium Bricks and the Youth Members Club – visit www.rydc.co.ukor call 0141 427 4914.

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