In addition to their senior squad, Rangers Football Club also operate a football Academy which contains a number of football teams culminating in a reserve team, which currently participates in friendly challenge matches against various domestic and European sides in accordance with the academy's development plan, having declined the option to continue in the SPFL Reserve League despite winning the competition in 2019. Historically, the club's second side was known as the Rangers Swifts.
In the 2006–07 season, the under-20s won their league and the Scottish Youth Cup, ending rivals Celtic's run of six consecutive league titles and defeating them 5–0 in the final of the Youth Cup at Hampden Park. In 2019, the Rangers under-18 team qualified for the UEFA Youth League for the first time. Underage teams also take part in the Scottish Challenge Cup, the Glasgow Cup and a cross-border reserve competition.