Young Gers return for SuperCupNI 2024

Mar 20, 2024 | Uncategorised | 0 comments

Scottish giants Rangers FC have confirmed their attendance at this summer’s SuperCupNI.

The Ibrox based side have been regular attendees at the tournament since their return to the competition ten years ago.

Rangers celebrate their SuperCupNI 2019 Junior Section win

The Glasgow outfit were victorious in the Junior section in 2019 when Belfast youngster Charlie Lindsay inspired them to victory over Charlton Athletic.

However, their last success in the Premier section of the tournament in 1992 and there is no doubt the next generation of stars at Ibrox will be keen to bring thefamous trophy back to Scotland later on this summer.

Tournament chairperson Victor Leonard said everyone involved was delighted to see Rangers return.

Rangers overcame English side Charlton Athletic in the 2019 Junior Section final

“Rangers have a huge fan base in Northern Ireland, and I know that their matches are among the best attended matches during the tournament.

“Over the years we have developed strong relationships with the Academy, and they have been huge supporters of the tournament and we look forward to welcoming them back this summer.”

Rangers are joined in the Premier tournament by fellow Scottish side, Hamilton Academicals.

The Lanarkshire outfit have one of Scotland’s best youth academies, with their U18s claiming top spot in the SPL U18 league last season. They will be making their debut at the tournament and will no doubt be keen to impress.

Rangers pictured at the 2019 Final where they overcame Charlton Athletic

The tournament is also welcoming two new entrants from Japan and Mexico. For the last 25 years, teams have been regularly coming from Japan and Mexico and last summer Mexican side Tigres UANL made it all the way to the Premier deciders, before falling to defeat to history makers County Londonderry.

This year Deportivo Toluca FC will make their bow in the Premier section and their first team play in the top flight of Mexican football and have a strong reputation for developing young players.

They are joined in the Premier section by Shoshi High School from Japan, who hail from the city of Koriyama and like Deportivo Toluca FC they are making their debut at the competition. Shoshi play in the J-League Academy leagues and on a weekly basis they take on some of the best teams from across the country.

Northern Ireland and Rangers legend Steven Davis pictured alongside tournament Chairman Victor Leonard at SuperCupNI 2023

The 2024 tournament will take place from 21st to 26th July, with the traditional parade and opening ceremony kicking off proceedings on 21st July and the tournament will close with finals day on Friday 26th July.