Rangers starlet Cole McKinnon gave a glimpse of his considerable potential with an ‘absolute rocket’ for the B team in a 2-0 win over The Spartans FC on Tuesday.
McKinnon is a highly-rated holding midfielder who was linked with Premier League clubs Everton and Aston Villa last summer [Daily Mail].
However, he opted to stay at Rangers, penning a contract extension in September 2020 that runs through until next summer [Rangers.co.uk].
During the second half of last season, he had his first loan spell, turning out ten times for SPFL League One outfit East Fife, before returning to Auchenhowie and helping the U18s to the CAS League title.
A second loan stint may not be required for the 18-year-old this season, though, as he’s getting the chance to play competitive football against senior opposition in the Lowland League.
He’s a key player in the middle of the park for the B team and he helped back up their opening day victory against Bo’ness United with a triumph over Spartans in Edinburgh on Tuesday night.
McKinnon scored the opening goal of the game in the first minute of the second half, finding the net from outside the area with an ‘absolute rocket’.
46’ GOAL! GOAL! An absolute rocket from Cole McKinnon puts Rangers in the lead 🚀
Spartans 0 – 1 Rangers 💪 pic.twitter.com/B58P3VbKvW
— Rangers Youth Academy (@RFC_Youth) July 20, 2021
The Young Gers managed to stay on the front foot thereafter and striker Robbie Ure completed the scoring in the 68th minute after being slipped through on goal by Charlie Lindsay.
“I’m buzzing, we couldn’t have started any better,” McKinnon told RangersTV after the win. “That’s two games, two clean sheets, one home and one away game too, so it just shows we can go away to places and still get results.”
“I think that was the first goal I’ve scored in about three years,” he added with a laugh. “It might be the first one and the last one!”
Taking advantage of the good weather, plenty of Bears watched the match in the flesh at Ainslie Park, with the official attendance an encouraging 454.