Rangers have been confirmed as one of the teams taking part in this summer’s SuperCupNI as they join a host of elite sides from across Britain and beyond at the prestigious tournament.

Tournament organisers confirmed to Belfast Live that the Gers – and Old Firm rivals Celtic – will both take part, although will compete at different age groups.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - DECEMBER 29: Rangers fans celebrate at the final whistle as Rangers beat Celtic 1-0 during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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The Gers will contest the Junior tournament at under-15 age level – and were the first ever winners at that age group in 1985 when a young John Spencer starred in a win over Craigavon on penalties.

Gers sides have also reached the final of the Premier tournament (under-17) on three occasions.

BALLYMENA, NORTHERN IRELAND – JULY 27: Belfast boxer and Rangers fan Carl Frampton watches on during the SuperCupNI Junior section final at Ballymena Showgrounds on July 27, 2018 in Ballymena, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

There were wins over Motherwell and Nottingham Forest in the final in 1984 and 1992 before losing to Cherry Meadow of Dublin in 1993.


This year’s edition – the 38th – will run from July 28th through to August 2nd and will see games take place in a number of locations.

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April 26th 2017, Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland, Scottish Youth football Cup Final, Celtic versus Rangers; Calvin Miller brings the ball forward with Serge Atakayi

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Rangers have recently started returning to the competition and with a massive number of supporters on the other side of the Irish Sea, the young Gers will almost certainly be well-backed.

After seeing the under-18s lift the Alkass Cup in Qatar last month, lifting the SuperCupNI would be another impressive achievement from the Academy and further proof of the quality coming through the ranks.