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Rangers have announced a new initiative which will offer free coaching to selected kids across the country.

The ‘Rangers Ready’ project will see the Ibrox club roll out seven new training centres nationwide, including in cities such as Aberdeen, Dundee and Edinburgh.

The club announced that the concept is aimed at ‘primary-aged kids’  and is ‘designed to allow children to develop a love for the game and, perhaps most importantly, the ball.’

Rangers Academy Head of Coaching, Zeb Jacobs, founded the programme saying : ‘Together as a team, we have designed an exciting ‘play programme’ based on research, best practice and experience that allows children to explore and develop in a unique and playful environment.’

Youngsters that have been selected by the Rangers scouting network will get the opportunity to take part in the ‘Rangers Ready’ experience, with Academy Director Craig Mulholland commenting:

‘We spoke with many parents and didn’t like the pressure they felt when professional clubs became involved, so we decided to create a different offering which will benefit Rangers, Scottish football, and most importantly, the parents and the child.’

He added: ‘Whether you are attending the Rangers READY in Aberdeen or Ayrshire, the feeling, the environment and the research-based content will be the same.  We looked at what they do in Portugal, France, Germany, Belgium and many other countries and are now really clear on what we want engagement with Rangers to feel like when the kids are so young.’