Former Rangers kid Nathan Young-Coombes was on the bench for Brentford as Leeds United scored a late equaliser to earn a Premier League point for Marcelo Bielsa’s side.
The 18-year-old attacker was named amongst the substitutes with Thomas Frank’s side for the first time although he never got off the bench in the 2-2 draw.
Leeds United had taken a first-half lead at Elland Road through Tyler Roberts before strikes from Shandon Baptiste and Sergi Canos turned the game on its head after the restart.
England international striker Patrick Bamford would rescue the point for Leeds in the fifth minute of injury time.
Whilst Nathan Young-Coombes didn’t get off the bench, the youngster would’ve relished his opportunity to be with the matchday squad and it is a surefire sign of his progress with the Bees.
The youngster was included in the squad due to the absence of on-form Bees striker Ivan Toney.
Ivan Toney's absence gives B Team prospect Nathan Young-Coombes a chance to be on the bench against Leeds today.
— Jay Harris (@jaydmharris) December 5, 2021
Ex-Rangers kid Nathan Young-Coombes on fire with Brentford B team
The call-up to the main squad also comes at a time when Nathan Young-Coombes has been on fire with the Brentford B Team.
Nathan has been on rampant scoring form for Brentford B as of late, scoring 11 goals in their last 10 games including braces against the likes of QPR B and Barnet, and a quad in an 11 goal rout of Broadfields United [Brentford B results].
— Brentford FC (@BrentfordFC) November 25, 2021
Young-Coombes joined Brentford in the summer for an undisclosed fee after joining the Gers in February 2019 and previously having had spells with Chelsea and Crystal Palace.
Considered one of the brightest prospects in the Ibrox youth squad, Young-Coombes was part of the side who won the U17 ALKASS Cup in 2019, just months after joining the side.
The attacker also scored the winner in the Scottish FA Youth Cup against Celtic later that season in a 3-2 victory.
There was always murmurs of interest from clubs down south throughout the youngster’s time with Rangers but his time in Glasgow clearly had a profound impact on the kid, who remains a bluenose.
— Nathan Young-Coombes (@official_NYC14) August 29, 2021
Once a Ranger, always a Ranger, and it’s good to see Nathan Young-Coombes taking steps in his career at Brentford even if we’ll always be a little gutted it’s not with Rangers.
Seeing Nathan Young-Coombes come through at Brentford will give Rangers fans Billy Gilmour deja vu, the promising ex-Ibrox Academy player making waves in the English top flight.
The Gers certainly don’t have the firepower to compete with the Premier League these days with the English top flight poaching the best young talent around.
Meanwhile, a resurgent Rangers star reportedly wants an Ibrox stay amid £8m links to the English Premier League.