RANGERS under 16s will face GPS Bayern in the semi-finals of the SuperCupNI on Thursday evening.

The youngsters finished second out of 24 teams in the group stages of the tournament formerly known as the Milk Cup and are just 180 minutes away from winning the junior section.

They kick-off at 7pm against the US outfit who have a partnership with Bayern Munich and if successful will face either Club NI or Co Antrim in the final who contest the other semi.

Head of Senior Academy David McCallum is over with the squad in Northern Ireland and caught up with the official Rangers website.

He said: “They have done very well, the group that started pre-season have been training full-time with the under 17s.

“That has been good for them because they have got a chance to mix with the older players and see what it is like to be a full-time professional player.

“They have adapted well and we have had changes in the coaching set-up which have been ongoing since January. The good thing is that we have seen signs of that coming through in their play.

“We have two under 15s in the group over here, Jamie Hogarth the goalkeeper and Robbie Fraser.

“There are 24 teams in the actual tournament that all play three games and at the end of those three games it is whoever has got the most points as to who progresses where.

“Nine is obviously the maximum you can get from the three games and if there are other teams on the same points then it goes to the amount of goals scored or your goal difference.

“In our second game we managed to score five which put us in a good place that if we did draw on points with any other teams then we would qualify.

“We went into our final game out of the top four but learnt before our game that one of the top four had lost which meant if we won we’d get into the top four and go through to the semis of the main tournament.

“In actual fact we ended up finishing second and tonight we will face GPS Bayern in the semi-finals. They are an American team who have a link to Bayern Munich.”

If successful Rangers could win the Junior SuperCup section for the first time since 1985.

McCallum continued: “We said three things to them at the start of the tournament that we were looking to try and achieve.

“They were making sure our style of play comes across, that they embrace the challenge the tournament brings which is different from normal, they are playing against teams from different countries with different styles and that we represent the club well in how we act.”

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