David will join the Academy team with his primary function to manage the schoolboy intermediate Academy, coach one of the schoolboy teams, manage and develop the school day release programme, develop curriculum and content and assist with coach education of the staff working at schoolboy levels.

David will also assist the professional Academy staff with the older groups and work closely with the analysis team on the development of resources to assist the education of players and coaches in the schoolboy Academy.

David, who holds the UEFA Pro Licence and Youth Licence, joined the SFA this year having been Head of Youth Development at Queens Park FC for several years playing an important part in the development of players like Andrew Robertson, Blair Spittal, Aiden Connelly and many others.

In addition to his role at Queens Park David also has international coaching experience with Northern Ireland U19s and has experience delivering UEFA Licence courses on behalf of the SFA.

Prior to commencing his coaching career he was a professional player with Motherwell and Partick Thistle before joining Queens Park.

Rangers Head of Academy, Craig Mulholland said: “With the Academy having secured a new Analyst, Goalkeeping Coach and Operations and Scouting Co-ordinator in the last few weeks in full-time positions, David’s appointment further demonstrates the ambition being shown by the club to ensure that we become one of the top Academies in Europe.

“The Manager has mentioned on many occasions the importance of creating a high performance environment around the players in order to maximise their potential.

“We are striving to achieve this objective in all areas of the football department, by employing key individuals, who are modern and innovative in their approach and importantly desperate to be part of a culture of learning.

“We believe the new staff, including David, will allow us to look for areas of competitive advantage on a daily basis, and ensure that we are looking to improve every day, which will enhance the development of the players and add value at the football club.

“David will perform an important role in developing the school day release programme in its current format and examine new and different models which allows our most talented schoolboy players to combine their football talent with their academic education.

“This is an exciting time to be joining Rangers and we believe David will work well with and compliment the excellent established staff we already have in the Rangers Academy.”

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