WOMEN’S and Girls’ Academy Football Manager Amy McDonald stepped back to take it all in as she watched the women’s team train at The Hummel Training Centre.

The first-team and Girls’ Academy is now fully-integrated within the footballing department, and McDonald stopped to take a moment as the women were put through their paces at the state-of-the-art facility.

She said: “It’s unbelievable, I had a moment. I went out to watch a bit of training and it is just such a great environment.

“It is a proper football environment and we are really fortunate to be able to have that so I sat back for a minute and I thought we are here at Rangers.

“It is one of the best clubs, it is so renowned throughout the world, we have got state-of-the-art facilities, we’ve got access to some of the best people within the game now and just to be in a proper football environment is so important for us in terms of learning and education and being able to move forward.”

Since joining the club McDonald has moved from a part-time role to full-time and is delighted with the progress so far.

She said: “My aim and ambition was always to leave the programme in a better place than it was.

“Through a lot of hard work from a lot of different people and a lot of different departments we are now in a position where we can genuinely move the club and the game forward.”

Looking ahead to the remainder of the season and on to next season, McDonald believes expectations will rise as the women’s side progresses.

She added: “Short term we need to be really realistic and we need to make sure about the infrastructure and the sustainability of the programme over the next four or five months.

“Come January and moving into next season I think our expectations will be different but ultimately our expectations are no different from the rest of the club. This is Rangers we need to be successful.

“We need to conduct ourselves in manner that represents Rangers Football Club and it’s history and all our behaviour that comes with that because we must take great pride in representing a club like this.”

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