Teenage son of former Gers star helps defeat Euro heavyweights in superb Champions League debut
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Son of ex Rangers star bags assist in Borussia Dortmund win over PSG

Gio Reyna, son of former Rangers star Claudio, announced himself with an assist on his Champions League debut as Borussia Dortmund defeated PSG 2-1 at Signal Iduna Park.

The 17-year-old has risen to prominence since the turn of the year, after impressing during a mid-season training camp.

Reyna has burst onto the scene at Dortmund, shortly after moving from New York City FC. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)

Since then, he’s made five Bundesliga appearances and netted a spectacular first senior goal against Werder Bremen in the DFB Pokal. 

On Tuesday night, though, he really announced himself on the European stage.

In a remarkable showing of confidence, Dortmund coach Lucien Favre subbed Reyna on in the 68th minute with the score still locked at 0-0 against a star-studded PSG side.

Almost immediately, though, it became apparent why Favre had so much faith in the teenager.

Full of confidence and technically brilliant, Reyna was skillful in possession and willing to take on defenders.

Gio is a more attack-minded player than his father, Claudio Reyna. (Photo by Lutz Bongarts/Bongarts/Getty Images)

The hosts took the lead through Erling Braut Haaland in the 69th minute, but Kylian Mbappe and Neymar combined six minutes later to restore parity.

Then, Reyna had his say.

Picking the ball up just inside the PSG half, Reyna turned neatly and drove at the opposition defence, before sliding a pass to Haaland, who took one touch to control before slamming a left-footed effort beyond Keylor Navas.

It was a stunning goal that turned out to be the winner, as 19-year-old superstar Haaland stole the headlines once again.

The son of the former Rangers star is congratulated after helping Borussia Dortmund to a first-leg win over PSG. (Photo by Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Reyna is two years his junior, though, and can be very pleased with his part in the winner, as well as with his general contribution off the bench.

Claudio was popular at Ibrox and won both the league title and the Scottish Cup during his time with the club.

If this showing is anything to go by, though, his son is destined to excel at the very top of the European game.

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