Friday evening saw yet more success for the Rangers Academy, as an age-group side ran riot in Motherwell.
From the U16s right through to the Colts, the teams throughout the club have started the 2019/20 season impressively.
This time around, thanks largely to a Northern Ireland youth international, the U18s blew their opposition away.
Rangers U18s thump Motherwell 7-0
A strong Gers side was named for the fixture at Braidhurst High School, with recent signings Umaro Balde and Kane Ritchie-Hosler in the from the start.
— Rangers B & Academy (@RFC_Youth) September 20, 2019
However, it was a young striker Chris McKee who was torturer-in-chief amongst the Gers ranks.
The 17-year-old is a player in form following a brace for Northern Ireland U18s against the Faroe Islands during the most recent bank of international fixtures and it didn’t take him long to get back amongst the goals at club level.
McKee already had a hat-trick to his name before the interval courtesy of a composed finish and two headers. He also played a big role in the fourth goal, winning a penalty which was then converted by Alex Lowry.
GOAL Rangers Chris McKee. Corner from Alex Lowry is nodded home by Chris McKee 0-3 ⚽⚽⚽
— Rangers Youth Updates (@rfcyouthupdates) September 20, 2019
On the stroke of half-time, centre-back Kyle McClelland, who is also a Northern Ireland youth international, scored a header from a corner.
After the break, things calmed down a little after multiple substitutes were introduced. Yet, there was still time for a fourth for McKee after he was played in by Umaro Balde, before Ross McCausland rounded off the scoring with a tap-in.
A thoroughly convincing win for the young Gers then, as the Academy continues to produce results on the pitch.
In McKee, there might just be a star of the future in the ranks.