Rangers defeated Septemvri Sofia 3-0 in the second leg of a second round UEFA Youth League tie at a blustery C&G Systems Stadium on Tuesday night.

Several important B team players including Charlie McCann and Juan Alegria are ineligible for this competition but David McCallum still had so much talent at his disposal that exciting 17-year-old midfielder Charlie Lindsay wasn’t able to make the starting XI.

The Young Gers knew they didn’t have to do anything special given that they carried a 4-2 aggregate advantage into the game after a strong first leg performance in Bulgaria and there were few chances of note in the first half.

However, they showed their quality in the second period and ran out comfortable winners on the night to progress to the next stage of the competition in emphatic fashion.

In the 55th minute, exciting attacking midfielder Alex Lowry took advantage of the strong winds and opened the scoring directly from a corner.


Ten minutes later, Tony Weston – the current joint-top goalscorer in Lowland League – backed up his hat-trick in Sofia by doubling the advantage, cooly finding the bottom corner after being picked out by Robbie Ure.

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Former Blackpool starlet Tony Weston scored again for Rangers in their 3-0 win over Septemvri Sofia. (Photo by Kevin Barnes – CameraSport via Getty Images)

A number of changes followed, with Lindsay, Chris McKee and Rory Wilson all coming on, but the Young Gers didn’t ease off and added a third with just five minutes of normal time remaining.

Cole McKinnon backed up his important first-leg goal with a brilliant strike to complete the scoring.

The impressive 7-2 aggregate victory sees Rangers through to a playoff with a runner-up from one of the Champions League Path groups.

Meanwhile, Rangers could benefit after Ange Postecoglou confirmed a major Celtic injury blow.

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