Ibrox kid Young-Coombes takes on board Lovenkrand­s’ strik­ing tips to clinch cup win

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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

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