An injury-time strike from Ross McCausland gave Rangers U19s a 2-1 win over Hammarby in Stockholm as they cruised through to the second round of the UEFA Youth League.

The Young Gers are in the Domestic Champions side of the competition and were handed a tough-looking draw first up.

Swedish youth champions Hammarby had a long unbeaten run coming into the tie, but David McCallum’s side outclassed them over two legs.

The first leg in Dumbarton last month was won 3-0 by the home side, with Ross McCausland bagging a brace after Robbie Ure had opened the scoring.

As expected, it was a tighter contest on the artificial surface at the Tele2 Arena on Wednesday evening, but Rangers still emerged victorious.

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An injury-time strike from Ross McCausland gave Rangers U19s a 2-1 win over Hammarby. (Photo by Michael Campanella/Getty Images)

After a goalless first half, Ure grabbed the opener once again, netting in the 66th minute, soon after coming on to replace Tony Weston.

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Hammarby got back level on the night with ten minutes remaining, through William Axelsson Tervonen, but Rangers rallied and won it at the death courtesy of McCausland’s third goal of the tie.

 

A 5-1 aggregate scoreline constitutes a brilliant effort from this side, who triumphed without B team stars like Charlie McCann and Juan Alegria, who were ineligible.

The only negative from the night was that highly-rated centre-back Leon King, who was captaining the side in the absence of Kyle McClelland, was forced off with around 15 minutes remaining after receiving treatment on the pitch.

The Young Gers will now face Septemvri Sofia in the second round after the Bulgarian side eased past Akademia e Futbollit of Albania.

In other news, Rangers vice-captain Connor Goldson has labelled an exciting youngster the ‘future’ of the club.

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