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.

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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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