Rangers have announced the latest set of fixtures for the club’s Development side after their withdrawal from the SPFL’s Reserve League as champions – with games scheduled against the likes of Inter Milan and Bayern Munich to come for the Gers youngsters.

Academy boss Craig Mulholland has spoken of his excitement at seeing the Gers starlets test themselves against some of “Europe’s top young players” as well as facing domestic opposition such as Celtic and Hibs.

25th April 2019, Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland; Scottish FA Youth Cup Final, Celtic U18s versus Rangers U18s; The Rangers players pose with the cup after winning 3-2
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The Rangers youngsters will also take part in the UEFA Youth League this season and Mulholland thinks they had an exceptional test” last week when they defeated Ajax in Amsterdam.

“We are excited by this programme which provides real variety with competition against men’s first teams but also exceptional challenges against some of Europe’s top young players,” Mulholland told Rangers TV.

“In addition, of course, we have many players who would be eligible for these games such as Josh McPake, Cammy Palmer, Zak Rudden and Stephen Kelly on-loan which is allowing us to individualise player challenge and hopefully giving each player a level of stimulation which will push their individual development.

“Our pre-season game with Chelsea under-23’s was excellent and we watched our players have to maximise their attributes, in particular, the mental and tactical aspects, to finish 1-1.

“The test against Ajax was exceptional in Amsterdam last weekend beating a UEFA Youth League team who went on to beat Barcelona this midweek. Great ‘best v best’ tests to push and stretch our young Scottish talent. By lining up the likes of Inter Milan and Bayern Munich, we will see both our players and staff pushed further. I can sense the excitement among the group for what promises to be a fantastic year of learning and challenge”

The Academy sides have found great success in recent seasons under Mulholland and his staff as they look to turn the club’s Auchenhowie facility into a world-renowned centre for producing young talent.

25th April 2019, Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland; Scottish FA Youth Cup Final, Celtic U18s versus Rangers U18s; Rangers captain Daniel Finlayson celebrates with the cup
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Hopefully, that will see a number of young players make the step up from outstanding talents at youth level to being able to consistently impress for the first-team.

With the likes of Ross McCrorie, Glenn Middleton, Zak Rudden and Stephen Kelly out on loan, there are plenty of players on the brink of taking that step soon – and these fixtures should really help them continue to develop.

The full list of upcoming fixtures for the Colts is available HERE.

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