RANGERS ‘Colt’ side get their Irn Bru Cup campaign underway tonight night against Falkirk at Forthbank, Stirling.
The Light Blues come into the game off the back of last season’s massively successful ‘Games Programme’, where they faced many top sides from around Europe and posted some fantastic results.
Now they face Paul Hartley’s Bairns, who have seen a massive turnover in players over the summer, and have begun the season with a mixed bag of results.
In the Betfred Cup Group Stage, they began with a shock 1-0 home loss to League One Montrose, before beating Forfar 2-0, losing 1-0 to St Johnstone and then beating East Fife 2-1 away from home.
In the Championship, they are so far without a point having been beaten 1-0 at the Falkirk Stadium on the opening day by Inverness before losing 2-1 to Partick Thistle at Firhill on Saturday.
Falkirk’s last meeting with Rangers first-team came last season, when the Light Blues defeated the Bairns 4-1 at Ibrox in the quarter-final of the Scottish Cup.
On that occasion, Jason Cummings netted a hat-trick while Aaron Muirhead, who captains the side, scored at both ends in what ended up a comfortable afternoon for the Light Blues.
Two players in with a chance of featuring for Graeme Murty’s Colt’s tonight are Jordan Houston and Lewis Mayo.
Full-back Houston said: “We are really looking forward to it and it’s going to be a great test for all of the boys. I think after last year when we played Dumbarton, we fell up short and I think we deserved more.
“It would be good to try and bounce back from that and get a good result. We have gained a lot in pre-season and we have been playing really well. Hopefully we can keep going with that and progress further.
“It is always difficult playing a senior side. It is a lot more physical and it is a completely different game. Hopefully, we can take our game style and game model onto them, and hopefully we can do the business.
“We fell short last year, and we felt we deserved better and should have come out with more than what we got. Hopefully, we can progress further on this year than we did last year.”
Meanwhile, central defender Mayo added: “It is going to be a great test for us. We have a hard pre-season, but we have come through it really well.
“We have been undefeated in pre-season against youth teams, and we played one men’s team who beat us 1-0, so I think that says it is a different challenge, but that is something we need to look forward to.
“We want to stick to what we do, but we will need to adapt and be more intelligent to play against players who may be bigger and stronger than us.
“At Rangers, we want to win every game we play in, but this is a big test for us. It really puts down a marker if we can go and win against Falkirk on Tuesday.”
It’s a 7.30pm kick-off at Forthbank, with admission (on the gate) prices as follows:
Adults: £10 | Concession: £5 | Under 12s: Free