Speaking to Rangers News after Saturday’s win over Broomhill, Rangers youth coach Steven Smith lauded B team duo Leon King and Kyle McClelland.

Smith was standing in for B team head coach David McCallum – who is with the first team ahead of Sunday’s Premier Sports Cup semi-final against Hibernian – and he was delighted with the overall performance as the Young Gers dished out a 5-1 hammering at the C&G Systems Stadium.

Rangers youth coach Steven Smith in action for the Gers in 2009. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

Tony Weston and Charlie McCann bagged braces as the attack-minded players in the side ran riot, but McClelland also got on the scoresheet and formed a solid centre-back partnership with King.

Both defenders were returning to the side following periods on the sidelines and Smith was impressed with their efforts.

“It’s a massive presence in the backline,” he told Rangers News. “I thought the two of them played well together both as individuals and as a partnership.”

 

“I think they won loads of first contacts and things as centre-backs, so it was really good to have both of them back today.”

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Leon King (pictured) and skipper Kyle McClelland both received praise after returning to the side. (Photo by Rob Casey / SNS Group via Getty Images)

The convincing victory saw the B team overtake The Spartans and move into second place in the Lowland League table.

They have a game in hand on leaders Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic, but the Midlothian club are ten points clear at the top.

In case you missed it, here’s our Rangers Predicted XI for the Premier Sports Cup semi-final.

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