Rangers U18s book Scottish FA Youth Cup semi spot with Aberdeen rout
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Rangers under-18s book semi-final place with dominant win

Rangers under-18s are through to the semi-finals of the Scottish FA Youth Cup after a 4-1 win over Aberdeen tonight at the Rangers Training Centre.

The young Gers joined Hearts in the last four while the winners of Celtic v Hibs and Inverness CT v Auchinleck Talbot will join them.

It didn’t take long for the hosts to break the deadlock, Rory Wilson firing Rangers into the lead with the game barely a minute old.

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The prolific Wilson cooly finished after Robbie Ure’s cutback rounded off some excellent build-up play by Rangers in the opening moments of the game.

However, the lead would only last 15 minutes, Aberdeen drawing themselves level on 16 minutes from a corner.

Rangers continued to create chances to get back in front; Wilson and Ure both having chances before the Light Blues grabbed a deserved second.

Greig Allen showed great composure to steer the ball home from a corner and restore the advantage before half-time.

Two minutes after the restart, it was 3-1 and a double for Rory Wilson as Rangers looked to have put themselves out of sight.

The Gers striker picked the ball up on the edge of the area before firing home with a fourth to follow for Rangers soon afterwards – Tyler Pasnik adding his name to the scoresheet on the hour.

With the result beyond doubt, the Gers saw out the final 30 minutes with minimal fuss as they cruised into the last four with a resounding win.

Rangers have won the Scottish FA Youth Cup seven times, last lifting the trophy in 2018/19 with Nathan Patterson involved for the Gers – the last time the competition was played to a conclusion – and they’ll be looking to make it eight this season.

Rangers: McConnell, Harkness, Semple, Allan, Allen, Dunlop, McInally, Strachan, Ure, Wilson, Pasnik

Substitutes: K Ewen, H Ewen, Lindsay, Duncan, Roberts, Graham, Kane.

Meanwhile, the Rangers manager could utilise his connection with Pep Guardiola to secure a highly-rated talent before the window shuts.

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