Amy’s hope for Gers

New boss points to youth de­vel­op­ment

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Mur­ray Spooner

New Rangers Ladies boss Amy McDon­ald ad­mits de­vel­op­ment is key if the Ibrox club are to find suc­cess in the women’s game.

The Cam­bus­lang woman be­came the first team head coach at the Gers last month and has al­ready got her eye on cre­at­ing stars for the fu­ture.

Amy was made re­dun­dant from her role as Head of Youth at Glas­gow City Ladies and was im­me­di­ately ap­proached by Rangers and a host of other clubs seek­ing her ex­per­tise.

In the end she de­cided on Ibrox as her next step in foot­ball and has set­tled well into life in Go­van.

The for­mer Calder­wood Pri­mary and Stonelaw High pupil, who has al­ready spent time with men’s Gers boss Pe­dro Caix­inha in her first few weeks in the hot seat, said she was very pleased to be work­ing with such a youth­ful side.

“It’s re­ally ex­cit­ing,” Amy said. “When a club like Rangers knocks on your door, it’s not some­thing you want to turn down.

“I was made re­dun­dant but as soon as that hap­pened Rangers, along with a few other clubs, were ask­ing me to take up roles which was re­ally nice. I was in quite a for­tu­nate po­si­tion there.

“The po­si­tion had been va­cant for a while. Kevin Mur­phy [for­mer head coach] moved to take up a role at Manch­ester City so there was a bit of un­cer­tainty there.

“I was in­vited to an in­ser­vice day with Pe­dro and all the other academy coaches so they have been re­ally sup­port­ive and it has been an easy tran­si­tion.”

Amy, a for­mer Scot­land in­ter­na­tional, was part of the coach­ing set-up which helped Glas­gow City Ladies be­come the first side to reach Scot­tish Cup fi­nals with all their age groups.

She now wants to add to her squad as the team heads into a mid-sea­son break in the SWPL so they can com­pete with the top sides such as City and Hiber­nian.

Amy said: “It was time for a new chal­lenge.

“I man­aged to get my UEFA A li­cence and I feel my time as head of youth de­vel­op­ment was a bit like an ap­pren­tice­ship and it gave me the un­der­stand­ing of all the as­pects needed at a club.

“We want to con­tinue the de­vel­op­ment and I think all the play­ers have bought into that.

“We want to make sure youth is part of what we are try­ing to do here.

“We want to fin­ish as high in the league as pos­si­ble but we want to build for next sea­son.”

A visit to her old stomp­ing ground saw her side lose heav­ily but her at­ten­tion will be on tonight’s (Wed­nes­day’s) match against ri­vals Celtic in the first Old Firm clash of the woman’s sea­son.

Amy said: “We lost 5-0 but we have a very young squad here and it’s im­por­tant to be play­ing teams like that be­cause they [the play­ers] as­pire to be there [at that level].

“Celtic is our next game. They are a club who have re­ally in­vested in the strength of the squad.

“It’s the first time we will have played them this sea­son so I’m not sure where we are at in terms of who is the favourite.

“But it is al­ways a big game when­ever Rangers play Celtic.

“I think there is al­ways that ex­tra spice about it.”

New role Amy McDon­ald, pic­tured ac­cept­ing her best vol­un­teer award in women’s foot­ball for the West re­gion, is the new Rangers Ladies boss

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