The Rangers U18 won the championship title and secured European football for the next season with a convincing 3-1 win over St. Mirren on Saturday afternoon.

The Gers got into their final knowing that a win or a draw would definitely be enough to be crowned champion and they kept their nerve at the Rangers Training Center.

Leon King played in center-back as the Rangers U18s took the title and qualified for European football. (Photo by Rico Brouwer / SNS Group via Getty Images)

Cameron Campbell and David McCallum’s coaching team named a strong starter XI with Leon King and Adam Devine, the latter recently returning from a loan stint at Brechin City.

The Rangers struck first in the game with highly rated former Glentoran striker Charlie Lindsay who has shown strong form lately and has found the net to ensure the hosts were 1-0 during the break.

Arron Lyall doubled the lead in the second half and although St. Mirren pulled one back towards the end, substitute Rory Wilson restored the two-goal lead almost immediately, completing the standings.

It was a particularly impressive result as the young Gers had already lost four times to the Buddies this season, once in the league and three times in friendly matches.

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The Rangers finished their 12 games with 25 points, four ahead of runner-up Hibernian []The title means that the club will compete alongside European elite clubs in the UEFA Youth League next season.

After the game, several players like goalkeeper Jack McConnell and defender Robbie Fraser celebrated the league win on Twitter.

Unreal season from the boys?

– Jack McConnell (@ jack_mcconnell1) May 29, 2021

League Champions ?? rounded off with a strong performance and won to secure it. What a season! ??

– Robbie Fraser (@ RobbieFraser03) May 29, 2021


– Rangers Youth Updates (@rfcyouthupdates) May 29, 2021

2020/21 was difficult for the academy as the pandemic caused major disruption, but this is an excellent reward for a talented group.

Many of the players involved in this title win are hoping to make up the B-squad to join the Lowland League next season.

In other news, supporters of Nathan Patterson, a graduate of the academy, raved after taking outstanding footage of him in Scottish training.

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