Rangers U18s defeated fellow Premiership club Kilmarnock at the Rangers Training Centre on Friday in a strong return to competitive action [Rangers Youth Academy Twitter].

Academy activity was suspended indefinitely in January but improvements in the Covid situation saw youth football recently given the green light to return.

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Graeme Murty is currently Head of Elite Academy Development at Rangers. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

It was huge news for the club’s young talent and the U18s hit the ground running as their league campaign finally got underway on Friday afternoon.

This age group recorded mixed results earlier in the season under the guidance of coaching duo David McCallum and Cameron Campbell, with a leaky defence a cause for concern.

However, they kept things relatively tight at the back against Killie, while two promising players delivered at the top end of the pitch.

16-year-old striker Robbie Ure opened the scoring for the young Gers but the scores were level at the break, with the visitors hitting back through a penalty.

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Rangers U18s took on fellow Premiership club Kilmarnock at the Rangers Training Centre. (Photo by Willie Vass/Pool via Getty Images)

The hosts regrouped at half-time, though, and 17-year-old attacking midfielder Alex Lowry netted the winner in the second period.

 

Exciting forward Charlie Lindsay, who signed from Glentoran in the summer, was also involved in the game, while Aaron Cervantes, the USA youth international goalkeeper who recently arrived from partner club Orange County SC, was on the bench.

Meanwhile, a pacy Rangers loanee has suffered an injury setback as his permanent Ibrox exit nears.

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