RANGERS are today delighted to announce the appointment of Billy Kirkwood as the club’s Loans Manager.

Kirkwood, who has already been performing a similar role within the club’s Academy, will now oversee first-team players out on loan and also the development of players transitioning from the professional development phase to the first team arena.

It will be Kirkwood’s job, in tandem with boss Steven Gerrard, Director of Football Mark Allen, Head of Scouting Andy Scoulding and Head of Academy Craig Mulholland to identify which players are available for loan, and which players have a chance of making Gerrard’s first-team squad.

Kirkwood has been involved with the Rangers Academy across two spells, initially in the 1990s after retiring as a player, and more recently as a senior coach at a variety of age groups.

He enjoyed a terrific playing career, most notably at Dundee United where he won the Scottish Premier Division in 1983, while he also played in the 1987 UEFA Cup Final for Jim McLean’s famed side and the European Cup semi-final of 1984 where United narrowly lost to Roma.

Director of Football Mark Allen believes Kirkwood to be a natural fit for the role, and he explained: “We have gone internally as we believe we have the right person in Billy Kirkwood. When you look at Billy, he ticks every single box.

“He has been a manager, he has been a player, he knows the Academy system inside out and back to front, and he is everything that we want and has everything we want in terms of being able to develop those boys.

“He has the boys’ ear, they have high regard for him and he is well-respected. If it is on your doorstep, why should you look elsewhere?”

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