On Tuesday evening, Dapo Mebude and Josh McPake gave Bears a glimpse into the future.
The Rangers Colts team were away at Berwick in the First Round of the Tunnock’s Caramel Wafer Cup. In 2018/19, the young Gers were dumped out at that stage by Falkirk.
There was to be no repeat this time around, albeit against lesser opposition.
Victory for Rangers Colts at Berwick
Graeme Murty named a youthful, but strong XI for the trip, with a frozen out first-team star perhaps the only surprise inclusion.
It didn’t take long to get on the front foot, either. The referee awarded the visitors a penalty in the 22nd minute, which Dapo Mebude duly dispatched.
Less than ten minutes later, and it was 2-0. Josh McPake doubled the advantage, once again demonstrating his natural finishing ability.
By all accounts, things slackened off slightly after the interval with chances going begging. The hosts then got themselves back in it through Dan Purves. That set up something of a nervy finish, but the Lewis Mayo and co. held out to secure passage to the next round.
Glimpse into exciting future
Dapo Mebude and Josh McPake have each signed new contracts with the Gers in the last year.
Given the standard of their recent performances, they have emerged as the club’s brightest young attacking talents, while Ryan Hardie and Andrew Dallas have been moved on.
Both players have already made their first-team bows, and if they keep up this good work, we could see the two scoring in tandem in the top flight within the next few years.
It looks as if the Academy is in the process of producing two real good ones.