RANGERS COLTS – perhaps better known as the club’s under-20s – take on Dumbarton in the Irn Bru Cup first round this evening at the Your Radio 103FM Stadium.
It’s sure to be a tough test for Graeme Murty’s boys against Championship opposition, but it is one they are relishing and are approaching on a high having claimed the prestigious Copa del Agatha at the weekend.
Previously, the 12 ‘colt’ teams were only allowed to field players in the under-20 age bracket, however, the rules have changed for this coming season, meaning ‘colt’ sides can now field two overage players. For Gers, that could perhaps provide an opportunity for players on the fringes of Pedro Caixinha’s top-team to get some much-needed game time.
The Sons meanwhile have begun their season in Scotland’s second tier well, holding Morton to a 0-0 draw at home last week before earning a highly creditable 1-1 tie at Falkirk on Saturday. Their Betfred Cup group stage campaign wasn’t so successful, however, as they lost 3-1 at home to League One Ayr United, 2-1 away to League Two Clyde, were beaten 4-3 on penalties at home by League Two Annan Athletic following a 0-0 draw and then were soundly defeated 3-0 by Kilmarnock in their final match.
In their ranks, they boast a number of familiar faces including former Rangers players Kyle Hutton, Tom Walsh, Scott Gallacher and Calum Gallagher, while their dugout features Ibrox icon and former under-20s coach Ian Durrant, who is now assistant manager to Stevie Aitken.
With this being a senior knockout competition, normal rules apply. Therefore should the game end in a tie, extra-time and, if necessary, penalty kicks will follow.
Should the Light Blues make it through, the draw for round two takes place tomorrow at 1pm.
Kick-off this evening is at 7.45pm. Follow the game on @RFC_Youth on Twitter and watch highlights on RangersTV tomorrow.