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].

Dortmund youngster Giovanni is the son of former Rangers star Claudio Reyna. (Photo by Lutz Bongarts/Bongarts/Getty Images)

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.

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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.

Gio in pre-season action against Seattle Sounders whilst still only 16. (Photo by Jeff Halstead/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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.

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The strike made him the youngest goalscorer in German Cup history aged just 17 and 82 days.

 

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.

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