Amy’s hope for Gers
New boss points to youth development
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