FLYING full-back Jordan Houston is determined to make the most of another chance at City of Glasgow Cup glory following a change in the rules.
After missing out as an under-17 in 2016 and then as captain in 2017, the competition has now moved to an under-20 tournament, giving the likes of Houston hope of finally lifting the historic trophy.
The East Kilbride youngster set up two goals in today’s 6-1 hammering of Partick Thistle at Lesser Hampden, and Houston was pleased with the efforts of both himself and the team.
Speaking to RangersTV, the 18 year-old explained: “It was a good performance from myself, but the main focus is on the team. It was a shaky start but a good result in the end.
“We were unfortunate when I was an under-17 and we never won the Glasgow Cup, and obviously last year I was older when the boys won it, so we want to keep that up this year.”
Houston has been pleased with the progress of both his own game and that of the under-20 group, and he attributed that to the experience the squad had last season as part of the massively successful Games Programme.
He continued: “I think personally I am developing quite well and the team have been developing really well. We have had a few good performances so hopefully we can just keep that up.
“It has been a massive help playing European teams when you come back to play Scottish teams. We’ve just taken stuff we have learned in the games and implemented that when we have come back, and we have had a few good performances.”
Houston was named as a substitute for the first-team back in season 2016/17, and having seen a number of his teammates train and even debut for Steven Gerrard’s side, he is desperate to follow in their footsteps.
He added: “I am fortunate enough to have had that experience, but it does inspire you seeing a few of the boys going round and getting their chances there.
“We just need to keep performing and the chance will come.”