RYDC hosted a Twitter Q&A with Rangers Academy stars Danny Finlayson and Cammy Palmer recently.
Both players are currently enjoying their loan spell at partner club Orange County in California and they were delighted to answer questions from supporters on their American adventure.
Check out the highlights of their session…
Q – NARSA – Danny and Cammy, how different is the soccer (sorry, football) in the States, and will you be visiting the @OCRSC to watch Rangers when we’re back playing?
DF – Hard to tell at the moment in terms of competitive league action due to the lockdown. But what I can say is that the standards are still very high and there are a lot of talented players over here.
DF – Yes I will be watching the games closely and I wish the team the best of luck.
CP – It’s quite different to back home as it’s probably a bit slower than Scottish football. It emphasises more on quality on the ball and playing the game depending on the altitude or in most cases the weather which can affect how fast the games are played. Wherever we can go to or whatever we can get our hands on to watch Rangers play we will!
Q – Elsie McCready – Hi you two. Hope you are enjoying your football. What do you find different at Orange County to being at The Rangers Training Centre?
DF – Training with men day in and out in a first team environment has been the biggest change. It’s much different to the reserves as you have experienced professionals to compete with and also to lean on for advice. Training is similar in terms of high standards and my approach is the same which is to give 100%.
CP – I think for me it’s different being in a first team environment compared to an academy one and it’s been great learning off experienced players. They’ve all been great in keeping us to high standards. It’s a very positive environment to be in.
Q – Jamie – Hello lads, How’s the California lifestyle suiting you?
DF – Lifestyle is unreal to be honest, sun every day and I go to Laguna and Newport Beach a lot which is fun.
CP – The California lifestyle is cool and it suits me very well. Everyone’s very optimistic and are always up for doing things. There is so much to do and the weather really gives you a lift throughout your days.
Q – Can you surf yet?
DF – Does body surfing count?
CP – No we can’t properly surf yet but we’ve had many attempts at body surfing which is fun but has spat us back to shore a couple times.
Q – What are your hopes for your stay in OC both on and off field?
DF – To be honest my main goal over here is to play as many first-team games as possible whilst improving as a player. I want to come back with experience with a look to pushing towards the Rangers first team.
CP – My hopes for OC is to play as many games as possible and really start building my CV adding goals and assists to my game and being an influential player on the team. Also maturing as a player on the pitch but especially off the pitch growing as a person and knowing how to be independent.
Q – How do you find the standard of football?
DF – The standard of football over in Orange County is very good and seems to be underestimated back home. There is a mix of experienced lads who have played at a very high level and promising young players who are more than capable of having good careers.
CP – Yeah I would say I was surprised how good the level was over here. I think everyone back home underestimates how good some of the players over here are. It will definitely help me improve as a player
Q – Who are your favourite Rangers players – Past and present?
DF – I would say my favourite Rangers player of the past would be Barry Ferguson. What he done for the club and the amount of trophies he won was incredible. And my favourite current player would have to be Steven Davis. He is very composed and is a real leader and obviously an excellent player.
CP – As I lived in Canada when I was younger I didn’t really watch much Rangers games but playing for Rangers has highlighted players like Barry Ferguson and Paul Gascoigne who were brilliant. My favourite current player is Steven Davis because of what he has done in his club/international career and how he carries himself around the place.
Q – Tom – Cammy – March 2018 you played in a Gers legends team. When you look back on that experience and more recently your 2 loans away from Ibrox how much more mature and ready are you now to take on the challenge of being a Ranger?
CP – It made me realise what an honour and how high the level is to play for Rangers. I feel I am a lot more equipped to come back to Rangers and challenge the first team players as well as show the gaffer that I can be trusted. I think this current loan will help mould me more into a better well-rounded player.
Q – Tom – Danny – looking back to Solihull in October. The Moors strikers tried to bully the Rangers defence but after 10 minutes you & Rhys came to terms with their physicality. Sum up what it took to stand up in that environment including how you dealt with things mentally.
DF – Yes that was an extremely hard game in the Challenge Cup. It was the first time in a proper first team away environment. I think me and Rhys have a good understanding and like a physical challenge which makes it easier. I would say I’m the type of player that learns quickly and enjoys a challenge so my mentality was mostly excitement as it was a game that meant something and was good to win which I believe should happen at Rangers.
Q – Colin – Thinking about Lockdown – What does a typical day look like for you?
DF – A typical day for me is up at 7:45am to go to training for a 9am start. Train till about 11am then come home. Usually have a bit of lunch then go to the pool and then relax the rest of the day. Not the most exciting days at the moment.
CP – A typical day is to get up at 7:30am and get ready to get picked up for 8:15am. Then train from 9-10.30am. Then come home make some lunch, speak to family or my girlfriend then get some Uni work done. After that, go chill by the apartment pool then make some dinner at about 7pm. Then finish off my night watching some American Idol.
Q – What do you enjoy most about America – anything you dislike?
DF – I enjoy the culture, sun and the great people I’ve met since coming here. I wouldn’t say I dislike anything as such. Maybe how hot it is because I’m pale I tend to get burnt a lot.
CP – I enjoy the variety of things to do and places to go, whether it’s the beach, the supermarket or the pool. The weather really makes planning things a lot easier. A couple things I dislike about America is the time difference so for calling people and watching football is often difficult and also the Scottish treats such as Wine Gums and biscuits that you can’t get over here. Poor show
Q – Robert – What do you hope to get out of this loan move and life experience?
DF – It definitely has been a life experience. Being away from home with no family or football due the virus. I have learned resilience and to keep going and that self-motivation is the most important when trying to get to the top. I also hope to get valuable first team experience and show people that I’m capable.
CP – I hope to get loads more games to my name and to really start showing people what I can do which is still feel is to come. Being more responsible and mature with keeping a house clean, buying food for the week and cooking food etc.
Q – Robert – How much of a benefit has it been having couple of ex Rangers players and three Rangers academy players all at Orange County?
DF – Having players like Rob Kiernan and Harry Forrester has been excellent. They have played for the Rangers first team where I’m aspiring to be which makes them quality players. They are probably sick of me as all I do is constantly ask them questions.
CP – Having ex Rangers players there has helped us massively because they’ve been able to relate to us and guide is the right direction. Also it helps on the pitch because we see things similarly that’s been taught to us back at Rangers. Having someone to share a house with has been great and has really kept my accountable and motivated.
Q – Nick Hi guys, hope you’re both doing well! – What other sports do you like and who were your football heroes growing up?
DF – I love watching tennis I’ve started to play it over here. My favourite players growing up are Sergio Ramos and Roy Keane.
CP – I like to play and watch a lot of sports like American Football, Basketball, Tennis and Athletics. My hero growing up was probably Kaka but I didn’t get to see him at his best for long which was annoying but watching players like Iniesta and Xavi made me really fall in love with football.
Q – Cammy, how pleased were you to get an early game for OC and Danny, you must be desperate to get going after lockdown?
DF – I was pleased to see Cammy play in the first game, he did really well. I’m buzzing to make my debut for Orange County and show the fans what I can do and make as big an impact as I can.
CP – Yeah it was great to get the first game underway and show the coaches a glimpse of what I can bring. I am really looking forward to playing more and I’m desperate to show the coaches my full potential. I can’t wait to get started again.
Q – Stuart MacQuarrie – Hi Danny and Cammy, you’re both part of the Rangers family even though you’re living distantly from the Rangers Training Centre and Ibrox. How do you keep up the connection with your families and your pals in the Rangers family and what is important to you in driving you forward?
DF – I’ve been able to keep up with most of the boys through social media – guys like Brian Kinnear and Josh McPake so I’ve been kept up to date. It’s important to stay as focused as possible though and make sure that I learn as much as possible out here.
CP – Yeah it’s been tough at times being away from everyone especially family but we’ve learn to adapt living away from everyone and we both regularly call family and friends through FaceTime and zoom. Starting back football has really motivated us to stay here and being in an environment that will really enhance us as footballers.
Q – 54 League Titles – What’s been your favourite part about living in America? Please tell me Chipotle is still as good as I remember it!
DF – Haha yeah like I said before it’s good and the weather is amazing. Chipotle is unreal – been there a few times and it’s very good
CP – Probably the amazing beaches they have on offer such as Newport Beach and Laguna Beach. The crazy thing is you could go there every day of the week and still go to a different part of it as some parts are hidden beaches. Chipotle, yeah it’s great! One of my favourites by far. Nothing better than Mexican cuisine
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