RANGERS Under-17s begin the Alkass International Cup with a superb 3-0 win over Moroccan side Raja Casablanca in Doha, Qatar this afternoon.
Goals from Cole McKinnon, Kai Kennedy and Matt Yates in the 16th, 37th and 90th minutes gave the club’s rising stars all three points in their first Group A fixture, with Raja’s Yahya Laamech sent off in the 22nd.
The red card certainly helped Rangers on their way to victory but coach David McCallum was confident his players were already in control at that point.
He said: “When you go into the first game, and I had watched them before on Monday, I got a feeling that it would be quite a challenging game in terms of it being aggressive and a lot of tackles going in.
“But the pleasing thing for us was the way our players played and dominated the game and the ball. We never really gave them a chance to get close to us with our movement and how quickly we moved the ball.
“When you see our boys do that right from the start you are able to sit back and enjoy how we played.
I think at the sending off we had already got a grip of the game and that just further emphasised the dominance we had at that point.
“For all of the goals we scored we worked ourselves into good positions which we speak to the boys about.
“Cole’s turn and swivel finish into the far corner was excellent and then the second goal from Kai Kennedy, who was named man of the match and only played for 60 minutes – that just calmed the game down for us a little bit.
“After that it was a really good performance and Matt got his goal at the end.”
Rangers now sit at the top of Group A and take on Aspire Academy in their second and last group game at 1.45pm GMT on Friday. The winners of Group A take on the runners-up of Group C in the next round and the second placed team in Group A will face the winners of Group C.
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