Rangers Academy coach Brian Gilmour has opened up on his excitement ahead of the club’s defence of the Alkass Cup in Doha as the young Gers look to again impress against some of Europe’s elite sides.

The Gers will face Suwon Samsung FC and Aspire Academy in the group stage after avoiding the likes of Real Madrid, Inter Milan, PSG and Barcelona.

The tournament kicks off later today with Rangers not in action for the first time until Saturday when they face Suwon Samsung.

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“We’re really looking forward to the tournament,” Gilmour told the organisers, as posted on Twitter.

“There are a couple of days to go before we kick off but we’re really excited and looking forward to getting the tournament started now.

The tournament’s changed a little, last year we brought fourteen 2002 players and eight 2003 players and this year it is a 2004 tournament so we’re a mix between 2004 players, some 2005 and we’ve also got one 2006 in the ranks with us.”

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Last year saw Rangers shock everyone by lifting the trophy in their debut in the competition after seeing off Italian giants Roma in the final.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - AUGUST 07: A general view of fans during the Scottish Communities League Cup First Round Match between Glasgow Rangers and East Fife at Ibrox Stadium on August 7, 2012 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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With a younger group this time around, it will be interesting to see how the Gers fare in Doha as they look to retain the trophy.

Fans will be able to tune in and watch the games live with the organisers live streaming each match on their website.

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