CIARAN Dickson says there is a positive energy around The Hummel Training Centre this week as the Academy players prepare for two huge fixtures.

The young Gers first face Atletico Madrid in their UEFA Youth League play-off at Firhill tomorrow afternoon, before heading to Inverness on Sunday for the semi-final of the Tunnock’s Caramel Wafer Cup.

The midfielder is expecting one of the toughest challenges this season from the Spanish outfit as they head into the one-off tie.

Speaking to RangersTV, he said: “It is going to be a big challenge against Atletico Madrid but there’s a real energy in the building.

“I think it will one of the toughest games we play this season, but if we go out positive and follow the game plan hopefully we can get the win.”

This year has been the club’s debut appearance in the UEFA Youth League, and one which Dickson has enjoyed.

He continued: ““It has been a challenge for me personally and for the team but it is a good learning curve for us all.

“We have just got to take on board what we are learning and push forward from it.

“I think playing in these games is good for our development as players and we can learn what we can do better and as I say push forward, for example we have got the Inverness game coming up against men so some of the things we learn we can hopefully take into that game.

“There’s a good energy, everything is positive, there’s no negatives. Hopefully it is a big turnout so me and the lads can showcase what we can do and make the fans happy.”

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