Rangers academy chief Craig Mulholland has admitted to being impressed with the youth set-ups at both Southampton and Sporting Lisbon.

Mulholland is working hard to improve Rangers' youth set-up and has been taking inspiration from a number of other clubs, paying them visits to see how competitors operate first hand.

Both Southampton and Sporting Lisbon have a proud record of developing talents and the Rangers man has picked out the pair as the cream of the crop.

Asked during a Twitter Q&A which academies have impressed him the most, Mulholland had no hesitation in replying: "Sporting Lisbon and Southampton."

And he added: "Both [are] forward thinking."


Rangers are currently rebuilding their infrastructure following years of financial turmoil and recently brought in Frank McParland as head of recruitment.

Mark Warburton came in as boss during the summer and brought David Weir with him as his assistant.

On the pitch Rangers sit top of the Scottish Championship table and on course to return to the top flight next season.