Giovanni Reyna, son of former Rangers player and USA international, Claudio, has announced himself in senior football after netting a spectacular first professional goal for Borussia Dortmund.
In January, the German club’s sporting director, Michael Zorc, asserted that after he impressed during a mid-season training camp, the plan was to fully integrate Reyna into the first-team squad [Scotsman].
Signs of that commitment were shown just days later, when the teenager came on as a substitute in a 5-3 Bundesliga win over Augsburg.
There was to be no debut goal, but interested observers in the young player’s progress didn’t have long to wait for one.
Introduced to a DFB-Pokal game against Werder Bremen yesterday with just 25 minutes remaining, he got himself onto the scoresheet and made history in the process.
After waltzing his way past several defenders, he picked his spot from the left edge of the box and sent a stunning curling effort into the top right corner.
The strike made him the youngest goalscorer in German Cup history aged just 17 and 82 days.
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Dortmund went on to lose the game 3-2, but it’s a stunning beginning to life in European club football for Reyna and having showcased his talent, he’ll be hoping for more opportunities before the season is out.
Claudio was a popular figure at Ibrox, winning the league and the Scottish Cup in a two-year stint between 1999 and 2001, but if his son keeps up this sort of form, he’ll soon be way out of Rangers’ price range.