DAVID McCallum was praised his under-18’s side as they progressed to the semi-finals of the Scottish Youth Cup with a 4-0 victory over Partick Thistle.

A first-half goal from Ross McCausland was followed by a Chris McKee penalty and strikes from Leon King and Kane Ritchie-Hosler in the second-half.

Speaking to RangersTV after the game McCallum said: “Obviously we are really happy to have won the game, I think there were parts of the game going forward that we were really pleased with.

“We have got another clean sheet again which is also really important for us as well so the conditions and the game moving to the astro obviously made it a different type of game than what you would’ve had on the grass pitch.

“We are through and there were some good goals in there as well and some really strong performances.

“I thought Kane Ritchie-Hosler was particularly good and brought a lot of attacking threat, I thought Matthew Henderson at left-back had a pretty strong game there as well so we are really pleased to get ourselves through.

“They were quite robust, they were in our face, they made it really difficult when we had possession of the ball but once we got the first goal, which took a bit to get to that point, it helped us and more so the second-goal.

“It took the sting out the game a little bit and probably thereafter it was a bit more straightforward in terms of controlling the game.”

The draw for the semi-final was held today, with Rangers set to face Aberdeen away in the last four.

McCallum gave his reaction to the draw, he added: “In a semi-final of the cup it is always going to be tough we are away from home again similar to last year against Aberdeen.

“We look forward to it, the guys want to go and play in these games they want to get a chance to go and play at Hampden in the final so whatever we were going to get it was always going to be tough.

“We will look forward to going up there and hopefully putting on another good performance.”

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