Rangers U17s’ defence of the Alkass Cup ended on Wednesday after a 3-2 defeat to the Mohammed VI Academy, but in Charlie Lindsay, a future star appears to have been unearthed.

It was a typically spirited display from the Young Gers, who succumbed to a late winner from their Moroccan opponents.

Rangers took the lead through the inspired Lindsay in the 7th minute, who finished well after being played in behind.

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That sparked the opposition into life, though, and within minutes they were level before a spectacular strike from Hassan Aqboub put them 2-1 in front at the interval.

Lindsay brought the two teams level again in the 66th minute with another fine finish, but an 83rd-minute header from Omar Sadik earned the opposition the win and saw them progress deeper into the competition.


The Gers will likely now drop into a playoff to determine their final standing, but their defence of last year’s title is now over.


The coaching staff will no doubt be disappointed with the exit, but the performances of Lindsay in particular, represent a huge positive.

Earlier in the season, the 15-year-old became the youngest player to ever represent Northern Irish club Glentoran’s first-team [BBC Sport], and it’s clear he has a bright future ahead of him.

He netted a last-minute winner in the first game against Suwon Samsung, scored a brace and was named Man of the Match in the 4-4 draw with Aspire Academy and then doubled up again today.

Had the Gers gone further in the competition proper, he may well have had a chance to follow in the footsteps of Kai Kennedy, who was named Player of the Tournament last year.

As Rangers continue to emphasise the importance of a pathway between the Academy and the first team, Lindsay is certainly a player to keep an eye on in the coming years.

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