CRAIG MULHOLLAND has admitted his extreme gratitude after being handed a cheque for £175,000 from the Rangers Youth Development Company.

Mulholland, the club’s Head of Academy, was joined by RYDC Head of Operations Colin Stewart, Rangers Managing Director Stewart Robertson and first-team star Barrie McKay to receive the donation, and afterwards, he spoke to

Mulholland explained:  “We are really grateful. Colin and his team to a superb job and we are really thankful to the supporters as well. It is now up to us to put the money to good use and make sure we use it wisely.

“We’ve mentioned ‘the environment’ on many occasions. We want to get the analysts right, the sports scientists right, the medical side right and the educational and welfare right – and it is expensive to do, but we want to make sure we are giving these young players the best opportunity to become a Rangers player.

“The environment we are now creating is down partly to the money we are receiving from the Youth Development Company.

“There is a positivity about the Academy, as there is about the whole club just now. We are looking to produce players that are maybe different from what we have produced before.

“We’ve changed the playing style and the culture, and there is an awful lot happening. We are going at a real pace and the support we get both in financial terms and at the games is really appreciated by the young players.”

McKay, himself a product of the Rangers Academy, has been involved in every single one of the first-team’s matches this season, and he thanked the fans for their continued backing and also revealed just how much he is enjoying life at the club at the moment.

He added: “It’s great as it shows people are wanting to back the youth teams here at Rangers. The supporters want to see young players come through, and it is a big challenge for them to repay their backing.

“Personally, I am really happy with my own performances, and I’ve got the consistency I maybe never had three or four years ago in my game.

“I feel really wanted, and with the new contract I’ll hopefully have sorted as soon as possible, hopefully I can push on further this season.”

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