The Rangers Supporters Assocation Boys Club was Founded in 1960 by the former Club President the late Mr Bill Baldie. The club is still continuing to produce great young footballing talent to hopefully make a breakthrough into the Pro teams. The club has had some very talented players in its teams and they've gone on to Pro Youth and so on. The former Rangers player Barry Ferguson was scouted up from this very club and many more players such as Lee McCulloch, Ross McCormack and John Rankin have played for the club in there early days.
One player who recently got picked up from Rangers SABC was Ryan Gemmell who was part of last years Under 17's GADYFL league cup winning side (pictured, right), shortly after that game where the Gers beat Clydebank at Toryglen, midfielder Gemmell signed for Alloa Athletic. I got the chance to speak to Ryan recently and ask him what he thought about Rangers SABC.
"The club as a whole is ran superbly. If you had problem with anything they would make sure they would be able to help out in any way they could, the coaching staff were brilliant with the boys and they made sure that everyone fitted in to the team, they knew when to have a laugh and when to be serious and all the boys respected them, the boys I played with were class and they made sure everyone fitted into the team as well and on the pitch they fought for one another and they'd always have one another's backs, when I told the coaches and the players about Alloa wanting me to go up to train they were delighted for me and they didn't have a problem with me doing so, they helped me progress as a player and throughout my time at rangers the boys and coaches were brilliant, I enjoyed my football the most at rangers and throughout my time the lads, coaches and parents were excellent."
Every age group at the club knows that they have a huge reputation to keep up and that bringing success to the club is vital but also coaching the boys to be the best they possibly can be. Angus Johnston of the Rangers S.A.B.C Under 15's had a few things to say about how boys progress on the club recently
"That is the constitution of the club to bring young players through and move them onto pro clubs, that was the main aim of setting up the club to try and put something back into Rangers FC as a whole, we would love to see all our boys play for Rangers in an ideal world but if not we don't really care if it's Celtic, Aberdeen, Hearts or Hibs as long as the boys are playing at that level. We have a very strong link with Rangers which helps a lot when you have very talented players in your side and at times if we come up against players who are spectacular we pass there names on to Rangers to watch, we as a club are all about improving the boys and moving them on to a better place."
The list of names of players that have progressed from the ranks of the club are huge with players like Charlie Miller, Gordon Smith, Graham Dorrans and John Spencer all playing at one point having at spell at Rangers SABC gives a huge confidence boost for young players at the club currently knowing that players like that have been were they are just now and if the club keeps up their traditions I am sure in years to come that list of names will grow larger.