Rangers coach explains what he said to youngsters after 4-0 Celtic loss

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Celtic's young guns beat Rangers 4-0 last night.

Rangers' under-17 side could not repeat the heroics of their senior side against Celtic when the two sides met in last night's Glasgow City Senior Cup Final.

Celtic ran out 4-0 winners, with Rangers well beaten, despite going unbeaten in their last five matches against their rivals at this level.

Rangers' side featured the highly rated Liam Burt, who made his first team debut recently, but Celtic's ruthless finishing taught them a lesson.

Speaking to Rangers' official website after the game, team coach Billy Kirkwood said he focused on the positives of the season after the game when speaking to the team.

He said: "We said to them after the game they have had an exceptional season and there have been some lads up in the first team which is the progression we’re looking for."

Kirkwood added that had his side scored first then he feels they may have gone onto win. He said: "I thought we started the game well in the first five to 10 minutes and created some really good opportunities, and I think if we had taken any of them it would have set the tone and made it very similar to the previous games.

“With Celtic scoring the first goal, albeit a poor defensive decision, they managed to get their noses in front and it gave them a big lift."

The game is important for bragging rights but it is also important in terms of player development. This will be a loss which sticks in the minds of Rangers' young players for all the wrong reasons.

Celtic's young team will be able to hope to forge a winning attitude they can take through their careers and into the first team.

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