A GROUP of Rangers Under-18’s have travelled to Portugal today to begin a 12-day training camp.

The Erasmus-funded programme will see the young Gers train, play and take part in cultural visits in Faro, with a game planned for Wednesday against SC Farense.

Speaking ahead of the trip, under-18’s head coach David McCallum said: “It’s an Erasmus funded programme that we go away for a 12-day training camp.

“It is basically doing what we do here in a training sense but we will look to try and get opposition out there.

“We are playing one game out there against a team called SC Farense so that is a local professional team so we will look forward to that one.

“Hopefully we will get another game as well in there and we will look to try and visit some areas and do some cultural visits so it will be an experience for the lads that is beyond football.

“We look to go and experience football and living in another country and see what that entails and try and speak a little bit of the local language. We have obviously got Umaro Balde who will help us along hopefully in those days as well.”

McCallum believes the trip will be a good experience for the squad, and maybe a test for some players.

He continued: “It is great, to be fair to our lads they do get a lot of exposure to going away and playing against opposition in other countries but to do it for this period of time for 12 days is a bit different for them.

“That in itself for some I would imagine will be fairly straight forward, for others they might be a bit more challenging.

“It is giving that life experience away from just coming to training every day, doing their work and going home so you look at lads that we have got here like Umaro Balde, Kristof Hampl, Julian Anderson and the Nothern Ireland the ones who have come here.

“They are away from home they are living a life that’s a bit different so some of the lads that are from this area it is just normal for them so it will be good to see how they cope with that for what is just obviously 12 days but it is different.”

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