Friday night saw yet another strong performance from a Rangers Academy side as the U18s swept St Johnstone aside.

Following on from the Colts’ Challenge Cup win over Solihull Moors in midweek and on the same day five Gers U16s helped Scotland secure international silverware, Kevin Thomson’s side cruised to victory at the Hummel Training Centre.

Free-scoring attacker Matty Yates grabbed the first of the night with a well-taken free-kick on the stroke of half-time, before the Young Gers asserted their dominance in the second half.

Ex-Manchester City youth Kane Ritchie-Hosler made it 2-0 in the 51st minute before Alex Lowry added a third on the hour mark.

There was still time for another to rub salt into the visitor’s wounds, though, with newly unveiled signing Julian Anderson, who has joined from Philadelphia Union [], making it 4-0.


Rangers coach Thomson ‘delighted’ with St Johnstone display

“We said to them at half-time don’t be scared to be too ruthless, we probably could have scored six or seven in the end but it was a good performance all round and another clean sheet,” coach Thomson told “I thought we looked quite safe at the back so we are just delighted with the boys.”

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It’s encouraging to see that Rangers look so far ahead of other Premiership clubs at age-group level.

Former Gers midfielder turned coach, Kevin Thomson, was pleased with his side’s display. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

In this game, the contribution of the recruitment policy of the Academy was clear to see, with two of the four goalscorers joining the club in recent months.

Hopefully, this is a result the side can press on from, with players looking to stake a claim for inclusion with the Colts for their Challenge Cup quarter-final against Wrexham.

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