A RANGERS under-19 side jetted out to Germany this morning for the prestigious Mercedes Benz Junior Cup, which kicks-off tomorrow.
Played at the impressive Glaspalast in Sindelfingen on the outskirts of Stuttgart, the young Gers side led by Graeme Murty and Peter Lovenkrands will compete against the very best young talent from Germany and beyond.
The Light Blues have been drawn in Group A alongside Bayern Munich, Hertha Berlin and Rapid Vienna for the preliminary stage, while in the intermediate stage, they will face two of the four sides from Group B, with those being VfB Stuttgart, FC Schalke 04, Atlanta United and Liverpool.
Gers kick off with their three opening group matches on Saturday, firstly against Bayern at 10.23am UK time; Hertha at 11.55am UK time and then Rapid at 1.04pm UK time.
The first of the two intermediate stage matches could follow later on the Saturday if Gers finish first or third in their section, but if not, they will have to wait until the Sunday to play both of those games.
Following that, there are placing matches for seventh and fifth places between the final fourth-placed teams and third placed teams respectively and then semi-finals, a third-place match and grand final for the second and first-placed group sides.
A full tournament schedule can be found HERE
Matches are six-a-side and have nine minutes in each half, with Rangers’ players following in the footsteps of the likes of Manuel Neuer, Mesut Ozil, Leroy Sane and Marcus Rashford, who have all previously graced the turf at the 5000-capacity Glaspalast.
The traveling squad from Glasgow is as follows:
- Nicky Hogarth
- Lewis Budinauckas
- Cammy Palmer
- Lewis Mayo
- Ciaran Dickson
- Nathan Patterson
- Stephen Kelly
- Jordan Houston
- Danny Finlayson
- Kai Kennedy
- Dapo Mebude
- Josh McPake
A live stream of the tournament will be available here on rangers.co.uk, while the Rangers Media Team will be traveling to Stuttgart with the squad.
Follow @RFC_Youth on Twitter for updates from the matches as well as reaction and behind the scenes footage.