16-year-old Charlie Lindsay stole the show for Rangers in the Alkass Cup on Monday, with a stellar performance in a 4-4 draw against Aspire Academy.

Lindsay, who had netted a late winner against Samsung Suwon in the opening game, was back on the scoresheet in Doha in another thrilling contest.

There were a remarkable seven goals in the first half, with the Gers always playing catch up after an impressive start from the hosts.

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2-0 down with ten minutes on the clock, it took a moment of brilliance from the Northern Irish teenager to get his side up and running.

Placing the ball for a set-piece on the left around 30 yards from goal, he looked likely to whip in a cross, but instead, went for goal, catching out the opposition ‘keeper and finding the top corner.

On the half an hour mark, the lively Dire Mebude netted following a third goal from Aspire and with defences continuing to struggle, Lindsay grabbed his second with a cool finish on the stroke of half-time in response to a fourth from the hosts.

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The second half was a more settled affair, with just the one goal following the first half flood.

It came for the resilient young Gers in the 89th minute, courtesy of Rory Wilson. Lindsay was involved again in the build-up, and when Robbie Ure saw his shot parried, Wilson was on hand to turn in the follow-up.

Another impressive result in Qatar, then, especially considering Rangers trailed by at least a goal for the vast majority of the game.

As a reward for his fine individual display, Lindsay earned the Man of the Match.

It certainly seems as though he’s a player worth keeping an eye on. Particularly, given that he’s already had a taste of senior football, becoming Belfast club Glentoran’s youngest ever player when appearing as a substitute in the County Antrim Shield in 2019, aged just 15.

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