Rangers U18s were in action last night against Queen’s Park at Lesser Hampden.

The U16s dished out a hammering against this opposition at the same venue last month, and it was much the same story for this age group.

There were several recognisable names named in the starting XI provided by the unofficial account Rangers Youth Updates.

Jay Hogarth, who has Reserve team experience, started between the sticks. In midfield, Umaro Balde, formerly of the Sporting Lisbon academy, was included, as was Ciaran Dickson, a day after he and Kai Kennedy were called up to the Scotland U18 squad.

Matty Yates, Arron Lyall and former Chelsea youngster Nathan Young-Coombes were all named in a strong-looking attack.


Rangers U18s thrash Glasgow rivals

Dickson and Yates proved to be the stars on the day, and it didn’t take them long to get into their work.

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Less than 20 minutes in, after Young-Coombes was fouled in the area, Dickson slotted away a penalty. He then doubled both his and his team’s tally on the stroke of half-time after being played in by Lyall.

Dickson has an eye for goal, as demonstrated during last season’s Youth Cup Final. (Photo by Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

The opposition staged a brief rally, reducing the arrears via a penalty shortly after the interval. However, Rangers’ quality and fitness shone through.

Matty Yates responded almost immediately making it 3-1, before a host of changes were made. The younger brother of Dapo Mebude, Dire, who has impressed for the U16s so far this season, was one of those introduced.

Yates stayed on the pitch though, and made the most of his opportunity with two more strikes in the latter stages seeing him complete a hat-trick and take the score through to an impressive 5-1.

A strong league showing then for the young Gers with two of the club’s brightest talents at this level showing their prowess in front of goal.

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