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RANGERS under-11s are the toast of Murray Park this week after winning a prestigious youth tournament in Germany.

The Berlin Cup - hosted by Hertha Berlin - was played on May 28 and 29 with no fewer than 24 teams from countries around Europe competing with the Light Blues.

The young Scots were initially drawn in Group A and straight away showed their intent by finishing top of the section with eleven points from five 15 minutes games.

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A goalless draw with Swedish side IFK Stocksund was followed by a 3-0 victory over FC St Pauli from Hamburg and a 2-2 draw with Hertha 03 Zehlendorf.

Rangers then beat FSV Frankfurt 1-0 before showing their quality, again against German opposition, by smashing five goals past FC Stern Marienfelde.

This meant that Rangers finished top of Group A with 11 goals scored and just two conceded.

With confidence high James McNee's boys moved in to the Round of 12 Gold group and two more more victories over Bayer Leverkusen and FC Energie Cottbus on Saturday - 2-0 and 1-0 respectively - meant that the Gers looked favourites to lift the Cup even at this early stage.

On Sunday the team continued to build momentum and two draws against Sparta Prague and Hertha Berlin and a 4-1 win over Hamburg set up a quater final clash against local side BFC Dynamo Berlin.

Once again the Light Blues' defence was rock solid and a 1-0 victory, followed by another 2-0 win over Bayer Leverkusen in the semis, set up a mouthwatering final against Russian side Lokomotiv Moscow.

Rangers, however, proved too strong and the 2-1 scoreline meant the Auchenhowie youngsters proudly lifted the stunning Berlin Cup which is pictured left.

SQUAD: Rhys Breen, Scott Gray, Jordan Houston, Stephen Kelly, Cameron Kerr, Darren Montgomery, Carlo Pignatiello, Jack Pow, Aaron Reid, Zak Rudden, Liall Smith, Jack Thomson

Top 10 Places:

1. Glasgow Rangers

2. Lokomotiv Moscow

3. Bayer Leverkusen

4. Sparta Prague

5. BFC Dynamo Berlin

6. Hertha 03 Zehlendorf

7. Rapid Vienna

8 Hertha Berlin

9. Hamburg SV

10. FC Energie Cottbus

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I remember a similar age group of Rangers youngsters winning a tourney a couple years back. Does anyone remember the tourney im on about? Im sure one of the boys broke his leg in the opening game. Anyone know what age group theyll be now?

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Good to see us beat that st pauli mob (tu)

Although winning competitions like this; asks the question at what age do our boys fall behind in development? By U21 level, the likes of the Dutch and Germans will be head and shoulders above a majority of our youth.

It's the work ethic and the overconfidence mate. By around 16, the majority of Scottish Youth players seem to be more interested in the drink and the burds than their football, and don't put in the practice because they believe they'll easily be able to make it as a footballer.

In Holland they have a system which involves dropping a youth player to a lower-division team if he is not up to scratch, so they are always motivated.

But back on topic... went and seen these wee guys about a year ago, since my dad is mates with Darren Montgomery's dad.

The wee Carlo guy is a genuine star... the way he could play even last year was just unreal.

And apparently Darren was saving all sorts of shots from the Russian guys in the last few minutes; so hats off to him and to the rest of the team. :uk::21:

EDIT: For some reason I put down "McGregor" instead of "Montgomery", transfer sections getting to my head!

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