DEVELOPMENT Squad coach Billy Kirkwood believes his side should “relish” the challenge Bayern Munich will pose his Rangers side in Bavaria tomorrow afternoon.
The Light Blues will make the trip to face one of Europe’s top Academy sides at their incredible FC Bayern Campus facility in the latest of their ‘Games Programme’ matches, with Kirkwood again reiterating the level Die Roten are at currently is where Rangers should be looking to reach.
Speaking to RangersTV, Kirkwood said: “We’re looking forward to it immensely, and I’m sure the lads are as well, especially after the midweek game with St Johnstone being called off. It’s a nice challenge, and a challenge they should relish against Bayern on their own patch.
“So we’re looking forward to it and I’m sure it’ll be a good game. Normally, the these teams you play when they are attached to one of the top teams in Europe, their Academies are always top-notch.
“That is something we’re trying to replicate here – to get our Academy up into these higher echelons of European football and play against these sorts of players. They will be athletic, they will be good technically and they will be good tactically. So it is a good challenge for us to go over there and put on a good show.
“We focus on what we are going to do, and the style of play we want to play. I’m sure the way they [Bayern] play from their first team all the way down the Academy will be very, very similar.”
Kirkwood believes the Games Programme has been a massive benefit for his players so far this season, and again called on them to learn as much as possible in Germany against their opponents tomorrow.
He added: Playing different styles and playing against different individuals – and some with exceptional players – has been a real challenge for our lads. You can see in a game it takes them time to work out how to compete and get the better of these types of players.
“That is what we expect on Saturday – these sorts of challenges. It’s something hopefully they can gain good experience from and then come back and put into practice.
“We’ll look for a good result in terms of player development – that’s what we’re after. It’s a great experience for them, and hopefully these games we have put on for them will stand them in good stead in the years to come.”
RangersTV will follow the team to Germany this weekend, with full highlights to come from the game next week.
We’ll also cover the game live on our @RFC_Youth Twitter account, and go behind the scenes at Sabener Strasse on our official Instagram page – simply follow ‘RangersFC’. Kick-off is at midday UK time.