Rangers youngsters have been welcomed to a much-changed squad – but two children really catch the manager’s eye

Rangers manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst gives instructions from the sidelines.

The Netherlands manager left out a number of first-team regulars including captain James Tavernier, midfielder Joe Aribo and key striker Ryan Kent ahead of Wednesday’s Europa League final against Eintracht Frankfurt, turning to a mix of substitutes and youngsters to play trying to win what was a dress rehearsal for next saturday’s scottish cup final.

They delivered emphatically for him, with Cedric Itten, Alex Lowry and Cole McKinnon finding the net after Hearts took the lead through Peter Haring.

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“It was very pleasing,” said Van Bronckhorst of the performance. “It was the last game before two finals, so I decided to change teams and give the players some rest. I was really impressed with the win and the way we played. You couldn’t see the changes we made, especially with so many young players on the pitch. I think they did a really good job.

“We dominated against a very good team with a very young squad. I’m very proud. I told them before the game to show confidence. Once we put the Rangers jersey on, they’re expected to win games.”

It was a special afternoon for McKinnon as the 19-year-old came on as a second-half substitute and joined debutant Ross McCausland in scoring Rangers’ third goal. There was also a debut for Tony Weston, while midfielder Charlie McCann played 45 minutes and Adam Devine made his first start for the club.

Lowry and McKinnon were the ones who shone the most, with Lowry particularly causing problems for the Hearts backline.

“We know Alex’s qualities in one-on-ones and he showed it,” continued Van Bronckhorst. “It was great to see Cole in the first team. I am very happy for him about this special moment.”

Rangers are now traveling to Seville for the final against the Bundesliga club and Van Bronckhorst added: “It’s going to be fantastic, a fantastic occasion. We will bring as many fans as possible. We have to enjoy the occasion but make it an unforgettable evening.” in Seville.

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Matthew Hallett

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