Rangers Colts star gets 9/10 in 2-0 win over Clyde in Glasgow Cup
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Rangers Colts star gets 9/10 in 2-0 win over Clyde in Glasgow Cup

Rangers Colts are through to next month’s City of Glasgow Cup final against Old Firm rivals Celtic after a comfortable 2-0 win over League One Clyde at Broadwood last night. [Match report]

The young Gers went into the game knowing a point would be enough to secure their place in the final, but came out of the blocks quickly as they looked to grab an early goal.

Middleton bagged an impressive double against Clyde (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Despite having to remain patient for almost 30 minutes, the Gers’ attacking dominance paid off when Glenn Middleton opened the scoring with a cool finish to round off a swift attacking move from the Colts.

RONALDO NEEDS TO STOP WHINING.

The Scotland under-21 star made it 2-0 after the break with a fantastic free-kick as he impressed for Brian Gilmour and Kevin Thomson’s side against a decent Clyde side.

Rangers will now aim to get their hand on the trophy for a 14th time as a youth side when they face Celtic at Broadwood next month and the Colts.

Here’s how the young Gers performed against their League One opponents:

Nicky Hogarth – 8

Late replacement for Brian Kinnear in the starting XI and made a number of really impressive saves to deny Clyde – including one fantastic close-range effort shortly after the Gers went 2-0 up.

Adam Devine – 7

Right-back covered plenty of ground for the young Gers and tried to get forward as much as he could. Some dangerous balls and looks a good prospect for the Colts.

Matthew Henderson – 7

Not quite as active down the flank as Devine, but an impressive shift regardless. Looked to have been picked out by Clyde as a possible weak link but done well to keep the hosts at bay.

Jack Thomson – 8

Talented midfielder looked comfortable against the League One side alongside Barjonas and Dickson. Good to see Thomson impressing after a string of injuries in recent years and hopefully he can continue to impress. Rarely broke sweat in an excellent performance anchoring midfield. Replaced by Murray Miller with 10 minutes left.

Harris O’Connor – 7

Centre-back was composed against the Clyde attack and looked assured on the ball. Didn’t put a foot wrong all night.

Leon King – 7

King was handed the armband for the Colts and led by example as the Gers impressed against their senior opposition. Strong in the tackle and comfortable in possession.

Dickson put in a (Photo by Jose Manuel Alvarez/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

Glenn Middleton – 9

Scored the opening goal with a cool finish after 29 minutes as the Gers’ attacking dominance paid off. Made it 2-0 with a fantastic free-kick. Really impressive night from the Scotland under-21 star.

Ciaran Dickson – 7

Midfield maestro pulled the strings in midfield as the trio of Dickson, Barjonas and Thomson dictated the tempo against the Bully Wee.

Chris McKee – 7

Northern Irish striker has been prolific this season for the young Gers and caused a number of problems for the Clyde defence but couldn’t get on the scoresheet. Replaced by Ross McCausland for the final 30 minutes.

Jamie Barjonas – 7

A relative veteran in the second-string, Barjonas faces a massive six months as his contract comes to an end. Played well against the Clyde midfield and showed some really good intelligence to control the tempo.

Nathan Young-Coombes – 7

English striker worked hard on the left of the Gers’ front three and showed some excellent footwork to find space against the Clyde defence. Replaced by Charlie Lindsay in the final stages

Rangers should look to follow Hibs’ example and establish a working partnership with an SPFL side after the Easter Road side paired up with Stenhousemuir


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