RANGERS youngster Nathan Young-Coombes showed great determination in the box to claim the late penalty that settled last night’s Glasgow Cup semi-final against Queen’s Park.
And with two cup finals against rivals Celtic he can look forward to in the coming weeks across different age groups that he features in at the club, Young-Coombes is hungry to bring some silverware home for Rangers after the 1-0 victory.
The 16-year-old, who can count Crystal Palace and Chelsea on his CV, was brought down inside the box in added-on time as Rangers received a penalty kick. Glenn Middleton then stepped up to fire the ball home and ensure another Old Firm meeting in the final.
A second half substitute in the game for the Reserves, Young-Coombes chased what looked like a lost cause on the right-hand area of the 18-yard box in the dying embers of the last-four clash at the club’s training ground, but a foul by the Queen’s Park defender saw the referee point to the spot before Middleton rewarded Rangers for 90-odd minutes of dominance in the tie with his winner.
England internationalist Young-Coombes was adamant he should have had a penalty earlier in the second half as well as the one he did receive, the referee ignoring his protests, and the attacker revealed he had no doubts over either of the incidents.
He said: “It’s all part of the game really, it’s just about how we got into the final third and personally I’m just never giving up chasing. That’s all I can give, 110 per cent, and that’s all I want to give and that’s how I ended up winning the penalty.
“Personally I didn’t see a foul coming but I saw that he was looking at me, so I managed to get across him and he’s nudged me and I’ve made the most of it winning the foul which it clearly was. I thought I was hard done by before, I thought that was a penalty as well, another incident. But, I mean we got one and stuck it away and it was a brilliant penalty from Glenn.
“Just recently moving up here I can see how big Rangers teams are and what the opposition tends to do and that’s sit and frustrate. And unfortunately that’s what they done for the whole game, they frustrated us but at the end of the day we just kept knocking at the door and then a little mistake and we’ve capitalised.”
Since signing from Chelsea near the beginning of the year, Young-Coombes has been in the thick of it. He’s been impressing for the Under-18 side at the Hummel Training Centre as they look to do all they can to lift silverware in the blue of Rangers as well as earning appearances in Grame Murty’s Reserves.
He was part of the victorious Al-Kass Cup squad who won the Under-17 international tournament over in Qatar, while his chipped goal was part of a 3-1 win at Aberdeen that sealed a place in the SFA Youth Cup final – also to come against Celtic. The young forward is loving life at Rangers already and is determined to remained focused on challenging for trophies as a Rangers player.
“That’s what all Rangers teams are doing at the moment. What we want is to win trophies and we are just again and again proving why we are the best team in Scotland by just getting into the positions and eventually we’ll be ending up winning them.
“It’s unbelievable at the moment. I couldn’t have got off to a better start at the Al-Kass Cup and then coming back here with the same opportunities of getting through and through. I’ve played with a lot of older players today and it’s just an unbelievable experience to play with all the other lads getting the experience, playing with them time and time again. Hopefully it all keeps on going well.”