Rangers Academy side will make a little bit of history Thursday when they take part in the club’s first-ever UEFA Youth League tie against Young Boys in Switzerland.
The Gers booked their place in the competition as a result of winning last season’s CAS U18 League and Graeme Murty’s side will take on their Swiss opponents in Thursday’s first leg before meeting again in Glasgow in three weeks time.
Academy sides from the club at various age groups have impressed hugely in recent months with wins at tournaments across Europe – and now they’ll have a crack at UEFA’s main continental youth competition.
Porto lifted the trophy after seeing off Chelsea in last season’s final in Nyon and the young Rangers side would love to go all the way at the first attempt – and really make a name for themselves.
The winners of the tie will meet Ludogorets or Slovan Bratislava in the second round before the eight remaining teams from the knockout phase take on the eight runners up from the Champions League phase – because UEFA can’t just keep things simple to understand.
The competition has been running since 2013 with Chelsea, Barcelona and RB Leipzig among the former winners of the Lennart Johansson Trophy.