Wrexham manager Dean Keates has insisted his side are aiming to win the Challenge Cup after reaching the quarter-finals and an Ibrox clash with Rangers Colts this weekend.

The Red Dragons are 21st in the National League this season and the Challenge Cup represents a “big opportunity” for them to get their hands on some silverware this season.

WREXHAM, WALES - NOVEMBER 10: Dean Keates, manager of Wrexham looks on prior to the FA Cup First Round match between Wrexham and Rochdale at Racecourse Ground on November 10, 2019 in Wrexham, Wales.
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Wrexham are bringing a bumper crowd with them to Ibrox on Saturday and the Wrexham boss thinks the competition is similar to the FA Trophy south of the border.

“It is a quarter-final of a cup, it is a great stadium and a big opportunity for us to go up there and play,” Keates told the Daily Post.

“It is a bit like the FA Trophy , without being disrespectful to that either. In the early rounds you miss league games, matches are changed and you end up playing on Tuesday nights and no disrespect to this competition but it is very similar.

“But when you get to the quarter-finals, like we did in the FA Trophy and got to Wembley, you get interested then because you are not far from being in a final. It is at the point of being ‘we are in it and you want to go and try to win it’.”

Graeme Murty’s side have been in great form recently and the Colts will be hoping to impress as they play at Ibrox in the Challenge Cup for the first time ever.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MARCH 04: Rangers manager Graeme Murty is seen during the Scottish Cup Quarter final match between Rangers and Hamilton Academical at Ibrox Stadium on March 4, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.
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After beating Berwick Rangers, Stranraer, Ballymena United and Solihull Moors so far, the Light Blues youngsters haven’t had it easy in reaching the last-eight of the competition.

Tickets are on sale for the Sandy Jardine front via the Rangers website ahead of the game on Saturday, with the club looking to attract a strong crowd to back the Colts in their bid to reach the semis.

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