Exciting Rangers duo score as Scotland come from behind to win thrilling weekend youth int'l
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Exciting Rangers duo score as Scotland U17s pull off thrilling comeback

Two Rangers youth players scored as Scotland U17s pulled off a thrilling comeback win over Albania in Belfast at the weekend.

Four Gers youngsters – Jacob Pazikas, Greig Allen, Zak McKay and Rory Wilson – were all called up for a round of UEFA Euro U17 Qualifiers in Northern Ireland.

The first fixture against NI took place at Mourneview Park in Lurgan. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

Pazikas, Allen and Wilson all started a win over the hosts last week, with 15-year-old Wilson scoring a match-winning brace at Mourneview Park.


Seaview was the venue for Saturday night’s clash against Albania and Scotland continued their excellent start to qualifying.

The same Gers trio started the match, with McKay once again named on the bench.

Albania took the lead around 12 minutes in, but Wilson, who has been prolific for Rangers at U18 level this season, equalised in the 27th minute.

The scores remained level until the hour mark, when Dundee United’s Craig Moore put Scotland ahead and then Greig Allen – who the Gers signed from Hearts in the summer – made it 3-1.

Albania set up a tense finish with a late second, but Scotland held on to win 3-2.

Two Rangers players scored as Scotland U17s secured a thrilling 3-2 win over Albania. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

The second consecutive win ensures that Scotland progress to the ‘Elite Round’, and they will face Italy in a top-of-the-group decider later on Tuesday.

The Academy coaches at Auchenhowie will be delighted to see some of the club’s best young prospects delivering in important youth international clashes and a win over a major nation like Italy would see an already successful trip end on a massive high.

In other news, a player who left Ibrox in June has been slammed by his current manager for a ‘weight problem’.

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