PEDRO CAIXINHA’S arrival at Ibrox has opened the door for academy talent to progress according to Head of Youth Craig Mullholland.

The academy boss thinks Myles Beerman’s rapid rise through the Rangers ranks has given hope to his kids.

Caixinha has involved youth team players in training sessions since his first day with the Gers and Mulholland is hoping the emphasis on youth continues.

He told RangersTV: “When the manager first came in he took five or six youth players with him on the first day to train.

“We have had 13 or 14 players who have now trained with the first-team who maybe hadn’t previously.

“For the rest of the academy players seeing Myles gives them a great aspiration to go and achieve it.

“Myles has demonstrated so far that he is able to go and cope with the demands of first-team football.

“We need to make sure over the next 18 months, as part of this project, that we have many more players who can make the step up too.”

Beerman has now made four first team starts since injury meant Caixinha was forced to pick the Maltese youngster.

The 18-year-old is likely to keep his place for a second Old Firm derby in as many weeks this Saturday and Mulholland is keen to stress the academy must keep searching for talent like Beerman worldwide.

He continued: “We brought Myles from Manchester City and people think the academy is about just developing talent but it is also about recruitment.

“We have to make sure we are recruiting the best young players, not just from Scotland but beyond, and bringing them into our environment and developing them, adding value and getting them towards the first-team.

“Myles has been a great example of that and we must remember he has only just turned 18 and we need to make sure in two years’ time that Myles is a really strong athlete that is competing every week at first-team level.”

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