Ibrox kid Young-Coombes takes on board Lovenkrands’ striking tips to clinch cup win
The goal capped a pleasing and impressive outing for YoungCoombes as he made the most of his chance to shine at Ibrox.
Boss Murty was without the services of Dapo Mebude through injury and it was Serge Atakayi that was given the nod to play through the middle for what was, once again, a youthful Rangers line-up.
The experience of George Edmundson and Jon Flanagan – the pair dropping down from first-team level to get much-needed match time under their belts – was important for the Colts.
But Murty was rightly proud of the way his young players handled the challenges – mentally, tactically and physically – against their National League visitors.
Young-Coombes was introduced up front after an injury to Nathan Patterson forced Murty into a reshuffle before the break.
And the former Chelsea kid relished the occasion in front of a crowd of more than 5,000 at Ibrox.
He said: “The atmosphere was everything I hoped it would be. I have been watching games from the stands, hoping to be on the pitch and it was a tremendous honour.
“I was expecting to get the last 10/15 minutes. I had to get into the zone and compose myself and make sure I made an impact. I just wanted to relish the occasion and get a goal. Allowing us to play at Ibrox was great and we always want to play at Ibrox.
“That’s why we play football, to play on the big occasions with big crowds and big atmosphere. That’s every little boy’s dream, to play in games like that.
“I came up here to eventually get first-team football. All I can do is score. The managers are very good. They know where I am in my development.
“I am only 16, so getting Under-21 football against a first team like Wrexham, you’d think: ‘wow, hold on a second’. I have a lot of faith in what our coaches will do for me in the future.”
Victory over Wrexham was the latest eye-catching result that the Rangers kids have recorded in Tunnocks Caramel Wafer Cup this term.
Stranraer, Berwick, Ballymena and Solihull have also been seen off on their road to the last four.
It has been an eye-catching start to the campaign for Murty’s side but a silver lining would be a remarkable achievement if they could go all the way.
“Yes, we think so,” YoungCoombes said when asked if Rangers could win the competition this term. “There’s a real aura about the boys at the moment, from our Youth Champions League nights to playing in this tournament.
“Everyone’s buzzing and it pushes our training sessions on because everyone wants to start and they are disappointed when they don’t start, so when you do get on the park you want to prove you deserve to be in the starting XI.”
I came up here to eventually get first-team football