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Celtic and Rangers ready for Youth Cup Final

Wednesday, 26 April 2017


For the second time in four days, Celtic and Rangers will play each other at Hampden Park but this time it is in the Youth Cup Final and will be streamed live by the Scottish FA.

 

Two years ago the two teams were paired in the final with Celtic running out 5-2 winners.

 

This season, Celtic have been on top in the league and sit in second place behind Ross County with Rangers in seventh spot, having beaten them on two occasions.

 

Both have their eyes on the trophy which Motherwell lifted last year.

 

The Captain’s Thoughts

 

Sam Wardrop (Celtic): “Winning the Youth Cup two seasons ago was really memorable and we’ve got a lot to look forward to tonight.

 

“That night was brilliant and I managed to score but it wasn’t the best finish. It was a slide tackle and hit my knee so I received some stick for that but I suppose they all count.

 

“The game was something all the players still remember. We won 5-2 and Aidan Nesbitt scored a hat-trick. Luckily I’m still eligible as it’s a brilliant occasion.

 

“I was quite young back then and now I one of the most experienced players. I can’t wait to lead the boys out.

 

“We’ve had a tough season after the high of last year when we went unbeaten but it’s been good in terms of giving young players experience.”

 

Ross McCrorie (Rangers):  “I played at Hampden a couple of years ago in the final and I don’t have the best of memories.

 

“I was one of the youngest in the team at the time as I was only an Under 17 but the result wasn’t what we wanted.

 

"Hopefully I can carry that experience into the final this time and we’ll get a better outcome.

 

“On pre-season in South Africa we set ourselves the target of reaching the Youth Cup Final and now we want to go one step further. It would be great to pull it out the bag and win the trophy.

 

“We have a really young team, I think the average age is 17.5 but all the boys are really talented and have great ability.

 

“It’s always a tough game against them and it is always one of those where whoever turns up on the day wins it, form goes out of the window.”

 

Live streaming

 

The match will be available to watch FREE on the Scottish Cup YouTube channel, the Scottish Cup Facebook page and the Scottish FA Twitter account.

 

Radio Clyde’s Gordon Duncan will commentate on the match alongside Scottish Sun journalist Kenny Millar.

 

Ticket Information

 

Following discussions between the Scottish FA, Celtic, Rangers and Police Scotland, it has been jointly agreed that tickets for the match will not go on general sale.

 

Please note this means that tickets will not be available to buy at the stadium on match day.

 

 


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