David McCallum praised his sides performance as the under-18s beat Aberdeen 6-2 at Cormack Park this afternoon.

A double from Umaro Balde and goals from Kane Ritchie-Hosler, Ross McCausland, Chris McKee and Malcolm Ebiowei secured the three points for the Gers.

Speaking to RangersTV after the game, McCallum said: “We are naturally pleased we have been pushing the players in recent weeks to try and get back to the levels that we showed earlier in the season and I think the first half especially is as well as we have played all season.

“The tone is set by the energy of the players, we know they can play, we know when we move the ball and combine down the sides we are a real threat but in the first half especially the energy was allied by the quality.”

After a Scottish Youth Cup semi-final defeat to Aberdeen two weeks ago, McCallum said they knew they had to get off to a good start this afternoon.

He continued: “It was important to set the tone, we came up here two weeks ago and Aberdeen beat us and the first-half last time was difficult.

“We knew the levels they would try and achieve and we know we had to go beyond that.

“Today, Aberdeen scored and then they got an early goal in the second half and come back into it but we dealt with that as well and that was good.

“The message now is that this what you can achieve, it doesn’t happen by turning up to the game on Friday its done during the week at training.”

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