Tonight provides perfect Gerrard audition for teenage talent on brink of first team
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Hampden final the perfect audition for exciting Rangers teenager

Rangers U18s face Celtic U18s at Hampden Park tonight, in the Scottish Youth Cup Final.
The game won’t be taking place in front of any fans, but it will be broadcast live on TV.
What’s more, Gers coach David McCallum revealed that Steven Gerrard will be in attendance to assess the young Gers in action.


Therefore, it’s a huge opportunity for all the players to increase their stock. After all, it doesn’t get any bigger than this at age group level.
However, it’s a perfect and timely audition for one exciting talent in particular.
Dapo Mebude.
The pacy attacker signed a new contract with the club before Christmas and is highly regarded within the youth set-up.


So much so, that he looks next in line for a senior debut.
With injury fears surrounding the camp ahead of a fixture against St Johnstone in February, Mebude was recalled from youth international duty with Scotland to provide cover for the first team squad.


He wasn’t required on the day, but it shows he’s already in the manager’s thoughts.
If Rangers defeat Aberdeen on Sunday, second place will be secured. Therefore, while the cauldron of the Old Firm is hardly a place for a senior debut, Gerrard may look to hand out a few opportunities against Hibs and Killie.

Gerrard will be in attendance at Hampden, monitoring the club’s young talent. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

If Mebude were to shine this evening, he would cement himself in pole position to benefit if a place does become available.

There will be plenty of eyes and a lot of pressure on both sets of players tonight. Should Mebude rise to it though, it could lead to even greater personal achievements, than a cup winners medal.


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