Two exciting summer signings have been named in the Rangers U18s starting lineup for the first league fixture of the 2020/21 season against Queen’s Park.
Charlie Lindsay won the Player of the Tournament award at the prestigious Alkass Cup in February whilst turning out as a guest for the Gers and he officially joined the club in June following his 16th birthday.
The 16 year-old @NorthernIreland youth international will join the Rangers Academy on a full-time professional contract.
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) June 5, 2020
The Northern Ireland youth international starts tonight and he’s joined in the side by former Blackpool striker, Tony Weston.
17-year-old Weston signed for Rangers in July after reportedly turning down offers from a number of big English clubs [Scottish Sun]. Now, after months of waiting, he’s finally set for his first competitive outing in Light Blue.
The two summer signings are joined in the XI by former Arsenal youth player Malcolm Ebiowei and longer-serving Academy prospects such as Arron Lyall and Robbie Ure.
— Rangers Youth Academy (@RFC_Youth) November 6, 2020
The Club Academy Scotland (CAS) campaign had been pushed back due to the global health crisis and there has been a recent change to the coaching setup at this level, with Cameron Campbell joining David McCallum.
It’s been a long time since the youngsters played a competitive match, but McCallum is delighted by the attitude the squad has shown in training.
“Stepping into the first spell of full-time football is different for them and physically it can be quite challenging and mentally quite challenging because of the amount of time they are spending with us,” he said, as quoted by Rangers.co.uk.
“They are just so keen to learn and get better and they are taking opportunities to use not just myself and Cameron, but the sports science team and the analysis team.”