David McCallum has provided a stat on Hammarby IF that makes Rangers’ UEFA Youth League first-leg triumph even more impressive.
The Young Gers dominated Tuesday night’s first-round clash in Dumbarton, despite several B team regulars being ineligible, with Robbie Ure and Ross McCausland (brace) on the scoresheet in a 3-0 win.
🔥 Leaving this one here…
💙 Night, Gers. pic.twitter.com/8P8X6dlEys
— Rangers B & Academy (@RFC_Youth) September 28, 2021
The opposition were much bigger than Rangers physically and often adopted a direct approach but they struggled to create anything of note, with Jay Hogarth only forced into one big save.
As the Gers are in the Domestic Champions Path side of the competition, it was a given that Hammarby are Swedish youth champions.
However, several Rangers staff made a point of stating how impressed they were with the opposition during pre-game analysis sessions, and speaking after the match, McCallum provided a stat that made his team’s comfortable win and dominant performance look even better.
“Don’t underestimate the level that the guys got to tonight because Hammarby are a good team,” he said. “They’re unbeaten in around 18 months to two years.”
“They won the Swedish league after winning the North league and then playing a playoff against the South champions, so we’re up against a good, good team.
“I think that gives our boys even more credit but the key message is that it’s only half time. ”
The second leg of the first-round clash will take place on an artificial surface in Stockholm on 20 October.
If the Young Gers can make it through, they’ll face either Bulgarian side PFC Septemvri Sofia or Akademia e Futbollit of Albania in the second round, which will be played in November.