Young Gers dispatch European heavyweights, qualify for final of prestigious tournament

Rangers U16s are continuing their extremely impressive start to the 2019/20 season, at the Istria Youth Cup in Croatia.

Despite being drawn in a difficult group against some high profile opposition, the youngsters have come out on top.

In the opening Group A fixture on Tuesday, the Young Gers swept aside two-time European Cup-winning club Benfica 3-0. Striker, Robbie Ure, netted a brace, while Charlie Lindsay also got on the scoresheet.

It didn’t stop there, though.

On Wednesday, Mackenzie Strachan netted and Dire Mebude notched a brace, in a 3-2 win over MLS club LA Galaxy.

The third and final group match on Thursday morning was a little more comfortable. Udinese were defeated 4-2, with Dire Mebude, Mackenzie Strachan and Charlie Lindsay all back on the scoresheet, while Connor Allan grabbed his first of the tournament.

Three consecutive wins mean the side have topped their group and now progress to the final.

These results are yet more indication of the strength of the U16s at Ibrox.

This group have already secured two pieces of silverware this season. Firstly, they won every fixture at the SuperCupNI to take home that prestigious title, before clinching the Albim Cup in the Czech Republic last month.

Given the high calibre of opponents in this competition, it would be some feat if the Young Gers could make it three from three.

This tournament isn’t just about results, though. There’s also a focus on player development.

So far, the squad have participated in social media workshops, analysis sessions and academic education classes.

No wonder this competition, dubbed the ‘Future Champions League’ [Croatia.hr] attracts some of the biggest clubs from around the world.

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