RANGERS Academy youngster Nathan Young-Coombes this week took part in a new RYDC Twitter Q&A

The Rangers under-17s won the prestigious Al Kass International Cup 2019 in Qatar recently and the Rangers Youth Development Company will have a number of Twitter Q&As with the coaching staff and top performing players in the coming weeks.

The Light Blues were the first British club to win the tournament, which has been running for seven years, when they beat AS Roma on penalties in the final and top drawer sides like Paris St Germain, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid also competed for the trophy.

Youth coach David McCallum answered fans’ questions first and next up was recent Academy signing Nathan Young-Coombes 

The 16-year-old former Chelsea youngster only joined the Academy before the Al Kass tournament and he settled in immediately, turning in a series of top drawer performances as the Rangers youths triumphed.

Check out the highlights of Nathan’s session…

Q – Bluenose Bear – How are you settling in at Rangers and who’s your role model?

A – I have settled in perfectly and couldn’t have got off to a better start.

A – Diego Costa is a role model – he plays with a lot of passion 

Q – Kimmie – What team do you support?

A – I like Crystal Palace and went to a lot of their games when I was younger

Q – Kimmie – Who do you look up to in the first team squad?

A- Jermain Defoe – I watched a lot of videos of him when I was younger 

Q – Kimmie – What is your best goal in a Rangers shirt?

A – My chip v Aberdeen after coming off the bench. We won 3-1

Q – TJR – What was the main reason for you joining Rangers?

A – Just to get more opportunities. This club has a lot of history and there is a lot of passion in the city. 

Q – Who is your favourite player of all time?

A – Ronaldinho – he was just amazing. An unbelievable player who could do things with the ball that no-one else could even dream about

Q – WK72 – What made you decide to come to Rangers?

A As I previously said, just to get more opportunities. This club has a lot of history and there is a lot of passion in the city. 

Q – Snags – what major differences are there between RFC youth and Chelsea youth, other than finance?

A – There are not many differences. The professionalism and quality is just the same here as at Chelsea. My team mates, coaches and older boys have made me feel welcome and I can see a pride in this club whereas that doesn’t really happen down south

Q – Tom – Have you asked the gaffer when you are partnering Alfredo Morelos?

A – I have a long way to go but I’ll work hard and hopefully soon

Q – Gavin Kelly – What extra training do you do to ensure you will fulfil the obvious potential you have?

A – I do quite a bit of extra gym work and work towards my left foot being as strong as my right

Q – Gavin Kelly – Does having Steven Gerrard as the club’s manager inspire you to work harder?

A – Having Steven Gerrard here is an unbelievable opportunity – with all of his knowledge and wisdom, I can only hope to get better

Q – Klaus – Who will end up on the Iron Throne in Game of Thrones?

A – Don’t watch it sorry.

Q – Klaus – Who, in your opinion, is the best player you’ve played alongside?

A – Too many to mention.

Q – Kylian – If you could pick a 5 a side team from the first team who would it be?

A – Allan McGregor, Connor Goldson, Ross McCrorie, Ryan Kent and Jermain Defoe

Q – NYC Bear – Do you have a dream scenario in your career? A club you’d love to play for/a game you’d like to play in? Also, have to say, from the games I’ve seen so far, buzzing to have you at Rangers! 

A – I’ve always wanted to play in an Old Firm derby for Rangers. 

Thank you for your support.

Q – Archie – How are you liking Scotland and the club Rangers itself?

A – I didn’t expect Scotland to be this beautiful. The scenery is unbelievable.

I couldn’t have wished for a better club than Rangers, It’s an amazing atmosphere here, built for players to succeed.

Since 2002, RYDC profits have been directed to Rangers Football Club’s youth programme – with almost £8 million provided so far – and the RYDC logo featured on the under-17’s strips throughout the Al Kass tournament.

And in January, 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.uk or call 0141 427 4914.

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