Boost for Rangers as important development competition set to return next season
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Boost for Rangers as important development competition set to return next season

Rangers have received a boost after the SPFL confirmed that the Scottish Challenge Cup is set to return next season [SPFL.co.uk].

The knock-out competition provides an important development opportunity for young players at Auchenhowie but it was cancelled this season due to the pandemic.

The return of the Challenge Cup is a boost for Rangers. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

It’s been confirmed that it will return as the SPFL Trust Trophy for 2021/22, though, in a revised format.

Due to travel issues owing to the Covid situation, only teams from Scotland will take part, with the involvement of NIFL Premiership, Cymru Premier, League of Ireland and English National League clubs on hold for the time being.

There are up to 12 slots open for Premiership B teams and it’s highly likely that Rangers will take up one of those.

The last time the competition took place, during the 2019/20 season, the Gers reached the semi-final, beating Berwick Rangers, Stranraer, Ballymena United, Solihull Moors and Wrexham along the way.

Now first-team star Nathan Patterson played in all six rounds, while then fringe first-team players like Greg Docherty, George Edmundson, Jon Flanagan and Eros Grezda all also featured.

Nathan Patterson benefitted from competitive fixtures against senior opposition in the the 2019/20 edition. (Photo by ANDREW MILLIGAN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Round 1 will take place between 10th and 11th August and the final is scheduled for the weekend of 2nd/3rd April 2022.

BBC Alba have secured the TV rights to the competition.

In other news, Rangers fans have been blown away by footage of an Ibrox star still going the extra mile in the gym despite the season finishing at the weekend.