RANGERS will continue their ‘Games Programme’ this evening as an under-19s team takes-on Leicester City at Ibrox Stadium.

Both clubs have agreed to allow a maximum of two overage players with the rest of the group being made up of players born in 1999 (U19), 2000 (U18) and younger.

Graeme Murty will be without Ross McCrorie, Jordan Thompson, Jamie Barjonas and Aidan Wilson, who were all involved with the first team this morning.

Meanwhile, Robby McCrorie misses out as he’s on-loan to Berwick Rangers while Kyle Bradley, Liam Burt, Jack Thomson, Jordan Houston, Ross Lyon and Rhys Breen are all injured.

Murty, therefore, will select his side from the following pool tonight:

Goalkeepers: Aidan McAdams, Kieran Wright.

Defenders: Michael Hewitt, Lewis Mayo, Danny Finlayson, Myles Beerman, Scott Gray.

Midfielders: Harris O’Connor; Izhaak Ahmed, Stephen Kelly, Cameron Palmer, Grant Nelson.

Attackers: Serge Atakayi, Zak Rudden, Ryan Hardie, Andy Dallas, Matthew Shiels.

Rangers will therefore have 1 x under-21, 6 x U19, 8 x U18 and notable inclusions are Danny Finlayson who is only 16 years old as an U17, and Harris O’Connor, who is only 15 years old and in the under-16 category.

Leicester will choose from a group of 9 x under-19s, 5 x under-18s and 2 x under-17.

The Foxes will combine players from their under-19 and under-18 squads, and tonight will pick from:

Rhys Davis, Jakub Stolarczyk, Edward Elewa-Ikpakwu, George Heaven, Lukas Husek, Luke Thomas, Rubyn Gill, Khanya Leshabela, Sammie McLeod, Kian Williams, Morgan Brown, Tom Fielding, Tyrese Shade, Conor Tee, Calvin Ughelumba, Joszef Keaveny.

Graeme Murty’s team have made a great start to the innovative games programme starting with a 2-2 draw with Southampton. They followed that with victory over Club Brugge in the Copa Del Agatha tournament, a 2-2 draw away to Dutch Champions Feyenoord, a  2-1 defeat against Brighton at Ibrox and last week, a 2-2 draw with Manchester City at the Ethiad Campus.

The programme is designed to test the young Rangers players and provide a new level of challenge to hopefully create a much higher standard of player. Tonight’s match will be another tough test.

 

 

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