Rangers’ Academy side will once again be competing alongside the elite of European youth football after it was confirmed that David McCallum’s side has qualified for the UEFA Youth League.

The young Gers were top of the CAS league table when play was suspended and will get the chance to build on last seasons impressive debut in the competition.

Last season, the Light Blues beat Young Boys and Slovan Bratislava before defeat against a fantastic Atletico Madrid side in the last 16.

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U19s manager Davie McCallum is delighted to get a chance to test himself and his players against some of the very best young players from around the continent.

 

The boys got so much benefit last season playing in the UEFA Youth League, and with that being such a great experience for them, it is a huge benefit for them to be in that situation again,” McCallum told Rangers TV.

“In recent years, we have had our ‘best v best’ programme running which has allowed us to go against some of the best teams in Europe.

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“You look at Valencia, Manchester United, Bayern Munich and Manchester City – we have played against these teams for a number of years now, but to then take that European challenge into a competitive environment was another level again and another step for them – and not just the players, but the coaches as well.”

The finals of the 2019/20 competition will take place later this month in Switzerland between 16 and 25 August at Colovray Stadium, Nyon.

This new season’s edition will run as normal with the first games taking place in late October and running through to April 2021.

Rangers U19 v Atletico Madrid U19 - UEFA Youth League Play-Offs

(Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Rangers will again be in the Domestic Champions pathway and will face a home and away tie in the first two rounds of the competition.

If the Gers progress beyond that, they will have a one-off playoff tie with a side from the Champions League pathway for a place in the latter stages.

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