STEVEN GERRARD and his assistant boss Gary McAllister watched Rangers overcome their Celtic counterparts 3-2 to win the Youth Cup at Hampden this evening.

The Ibrox youngsters took advantage of some hesitancy in their opposition’s defence to claim all three goals from deadball situations.

Hoops interim gaffer Neil Lennon, his No.2 John Kennedy and club greats Davie Hay and Danny McGrain were also in the stand to have a look at the cream of the Parkhead youngsters with a lot of attention on Karamoko Dembele and former Arsenal starlet Armstrong Oko-Flex.

But it was the Gers kids who took the limelight as they raced into a remarkable two-goal lead inside six minutes.

The busy Kieran Dickson slammed in the first from 20 yards that swept low past the diving Liam Hughes for the early opener after the Hoops failed to deal with a right-wing corner-kick.

And, only moments later, Rangers’ starlets pounced again following a well-worked free-kick on the left that was fired home by Adedapo Medube.

Amazingly, it was 2-2 inside three minutes of the restart. In the 47th minute, Dembele skipped past two defenders to set up Cameron Harper and the gifted attacker curled an unstoppable left-foot effort wide of the keeper.

And it was all-square moments later when a free-kick from Paul Kennedy took a wicked deflection on its way past Lewis Budanaickas.

In the 66th minute Gers’ babes were ahead again when Nathan Young-Coombes was allowed a free header six yards out from a left-wing corner and he zipped a header past the helpless Hughes.

The keeper threw his Celtic side a lifeline three minutes later when he made a fine diving save to his right from a Kai Kennedy penalty-kick.

Two minutes from the end, Harper had the ball in the net following a powerful header, but the Hoops’ joy was short-lived when the assistant referee ruled the ball had been out before the cross was delivered from the bye-line.

The Ibrox kids danced with delight at the final whistle following a tense and enjoyable encounter.


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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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