PETER Lovenkrands says Sunday’s cup semi-final is an exciting challenge for the Development Squad – and one that they are ready for.

Rangers ‘Colts’ will head to the Highlands to face Championship side Inverness Caledonian Thistle in a bid for a place in the Challenge Cup final.

The Young Gers have already made history becoming the first Colts side to reach the last four of the competition.

Speaking to RangersTV ahead of the game, the Academy coach said: “We are expecting a tough game, proper men’s football, and that is something we are trying to prepare the boys for as much as possible.

“We are really looking forward to the test it is going to probably be very physical.

“It normally is in these types of games when you play a men’s team. They always want to be physical with the younger boys but I think we should be ok and we are ready for the challenge.”

After Wednesday’s 4-0 UEFA Youth League defeat to Atletico Madrid, Peter said the staff and players have been working hard ahead of this weekend’s tie.

He continued: “Training was very bubbly this morning, we had a little bit of fun trying to pick the boys up from the game against Atletico.

“We have been trying to get a wee bit of fun back into it and pick their heads up a bit and keep going and the boys were in good spirits this morning.

“We have a lot of things we still need to build on and there are a couple of things we need to address and need to look at but the boys will be ready when it comes.

“It’s two completely different teams and also the tempo and everything else that comes with it is completely different so it is exciting.

“This is what it is about being a Rangers player, you are playing in Europe midweek and then have a big cup game to potentially go into a final and the boys need to be able to get themselves ready for these type of situations.

“It is important that they understand the situation as much as trying to get ready for it.

“The occasion is big for them and could be a big step in their own careers so it is important that they understand that and it is also our job to make sure that they get that and to get them ready for the game.”

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