Rangers starlet Dapo Mebude did his burgeoning reputation no harm on Monday, through scoring a brace for Scotland U19s.

The 18-year-old attacker was one of two young Gers named in the starting XI for a friendly against Japan. Mebude wore number seven, while Josh McPake, currently out on loan at Dundee, donned the no.11.

Meanwhile, promising young defender, Nathan Patterson, was named on the bench.

The fixture could scarcely have begun in worse fashion, as Japan came out of the blocks quickly and found themselves 2-0 up early on.

 

That was when Mebude stepped up to check the opposition’s momentum. He slotted home a 38th-minute penalty, meaning there was just a goal between the sides at the interval.

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Mebude has already demonstrated his eye for goal for the Gers this season. (Photo by Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

He tucked away another penalty in the second half, yet, unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to salvage a draw. The Scottish defence was breached for a third time by the Japanese, who ran out eventual 3-2 winners.

A disappointing collective outing then, but Mebude can be pleased with his day’s work. Stepping up for a spot-kick twice in the same fixture shows bottle and that’s something the teenager appears to have in abundance.

This game served as a final warm-up for UEFA European Under-19 Championship Qualifying Round action which will take place in Scotland next month. Billy Stark’s side are set to face Andorra, Germany and Belarus in the space of a week [Scottish FA].

When those games roll around, Mebude’s Academy teammate McPake will be hoping to get amongst the goals, while the leaky defence displayed in this game, could help Nathan Patterson’s chances of starting next time around.

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