THE title-winning crop of youngsters at Ibrox have a “Rangers identity” already according to the club’s sporting director, Ross Wilson.
The win guarantees that the young Gers will be playing in Europe next season in the UEFA Youth League.
Wilson reckons the youngsters have shown terrific character this campaign and heaped praise on them for dealing with the challenges posed due to the pandemic.
The Ibrox sporting director also believes that Steven Gerrard will be pleased with how the squad has developed this season and that they will be the type of players he’s looking for in the future.
Wilson told the Rangers website: “I’m delighted to extend my congratulations to our U18 team following the lads lifting a third consecutive league championship trophy.
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“I am particularly pleased for this group of players as this season has been an extremely difficult one given the impact of coronavirus forcing them to spend large periods at home at a crucial part of their careers and in their development.
“As we build our football identity, we asked the coaching team to work hard to align and embed many of the team principles that Steven Gerrard and the coaching staff have implemented in our first team. We have been really pleased to see that Rangers identity developing.
“Furthermore, we have a desire to keep challenging the development of our young players through a varied games programme. We again can look forward to the excellent challenge of the UEFA Youth League in 21/22 for a third year in a row.”
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Meanwhile, loan Ranger Jordan Jones and St Johnstone star Ali McCann grabbed their first Northern Ireland goals in a convincing win over Malta.
The Ibrox attacker – who has been on loan at Sunderland – pounced on an error at the back to fire beyond Henry Bonello after just two minutes.
However, ex-Motherwell boss Ian Baraclough’s men improved in the second period and fired home twice in three second-half minutes.
Gavin Whyte scored at the back post before St Johnstone star McCann slotted home from close range.