RANGERS have touched down in Hong Kong for this year’s HKFC Soccer Sevens tournament.
An excited duo of Head of Academy Craig Mulholland and Development Squad player Jamie Barjonas spoke at the airport and both admitted to targeting a final finish this season. Rangers were knocked out in the semi-finals of last year’s Soccer Sevens, by eventual winners Leicester City.
The group stages kick-off on Saturday, with Rangers’ first game starting at 10:08 (HKT) and 02:08 (GMT). The Gers are in a group with Newcastle Jets from Australia, Premier League Newcastle United and local side and hosts Hong Kong Football Club.
Barjonas, who made his debut at the event in 2017, said: “This is actually my second time in Hong Kong so I know all about the tournament and the facilities, and it is brilliant.
“I can say on behalf of all the boys we are absolutely buzzing to get started. We got to the semi-finals last year so I can’t wait to get playing this year.
“Obviously we would love to win it but we’ll try and get as far as we can, I am sure all the boys will put everything in and hope we get there.
“I can feel how warm it is already and I am not used to that but from being here last season I know it is humid. I know because of that we need to play the games right and we can’t just run our socks off, we need to save energy.”
Rangers have been runners-up in the tournament twice. It is an open age competition and features youth and academy teams from some of the top clubs in Europe playing against more senior players from clubs and teams around the Asia-Pacific region.
Academy chief Mulholland said: “It is great to be back, we look forward to coming every year and we have great Rangers support over here. The boys really enjoy it as well so we are looking forward to it.
“We got to the semi-final last year so you always want to go one better the following year.
“We have a young group with us but a talented group, some of the lads have played for the first-team or been in and around the first-team so we are optimistic at this point.
“There are a lot of good players in the group, some of them are very young but there is some real talent in there so every one of them has good potential.”