RANGERS Development Squad are back in Glasgow Cup action this evening as they take on Clyde in their third match of the competition.
After two opening Group stage matches against Partick Thistle, the Young Gers will continue the cup competition as they face the League One side.
Speaking to RangersTV ahead of the game, defender Kyle McClelland said: “It’ll be physical because it is their first-team so we are expecting a good challenge but we are hoping on the day we can go out there and do our own stuff and hopefully get the win.
“It’ll be massive for us obviously because we are very young, it’ll be good to test ourselves against older men physically and mentally so everybody is prepared to go out there and hopefully get the win.
“As a defender it will be a massive difference, obviously they are going to be stronger and faster than you so personally for me it’ll be a massive test for me to see how I cope with it.”
Graeme Murty’s side have had a positive start to the new year with victories over Motherwell, Partick Thistle and Huddersfield since returning from the winter break.
The Development Head Coach said the squad have continued to push themselves, he explained: “I’m expecting a tough challenge again, I am expecting our young group to face a different challenge and this is what our programme has been fantastic for I think.
“We asked the guys to reengage and kind of refocus at the start of the year and I think they have done it really well because they have done well so far it would be quite easy to ease off but they haven’t and they have tried to accelerate and we want more from them again.”
The Gers are set to be without Kai Kennedy and Josh McPake after both had to be substituted in Saturday’s game against Huddersfield.
Murty continued: “We will be young again, unfortunately Kai and Josh haven’t made it because they took hefty knocks at the weekend.
“We might have Dapo Mebude back he has been ill and we might have a couple more returning from Portugal with the 18’s group.
“There is a massive petition to keep Robbie Ure in the squad because of his goal and I think he can quite safely think he might be getting the call to remain part of the group but we will be young.
“We will go into this competition intentionally young and hope that the experience sets our players in a really really good place in the long-term.”