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Graeme Murty hails 'electric' Serge Atakayi for Rangers

Serge Atakayi of Rangers challenges Dougie Nyaupembe of Bury during the Pre-Season Friendly between Rangers and Bury at Ibrox Stadium on July 6, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Serge Atakayi was the hero for Ibrox side Glasgow Rangers on Wednesday.

Glasgow Rangers's Serge Atakayi (in blue) competes with HKFA U-23's Tan Chun Lok (in white) for a ball during their Main Tournament Cup Quarter-Final match, part of the HKFC Citi Soccer...

Graeme Murty has singled Rangers youngster Serge Atakayi out for praise following the development side's 1-0 win over Ballymena on Wednesday.

The Gers moved into the fourth round of the Tunnock's Caramel Wafer Cup with a narrow win away to the Northern Irish outfit.

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And it was second-half substitute Atakayi who proved to be the match-winner, scoring in the 87th minute after his blistering pace troubled the hosts.

Here's what Murty said at full-time.

 

He told the club's YouTube channel: "Serge has got everything in terms of pace. He's electric. Unfortunately for them it came from a little bit of an error, but Serge got himself through there and took the goal really, really well."

Atakayi is now 20 and this is a big season for him.

The Rangers talent joined the Scottish giants three years ago under Mark Warburton but has only managed 17 minutes of Premiership football in that time - a cameo in a 7-1 win over Motherwell under Steven Gerrard last season.

Injury curtailed his development to some extent, but he's fit and firing again and time will tell whether he can add to his limited Premiership experience this season.

April 26th 2017, Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland, Scottish Youth football Cup Final, Celtic versus Rangers; Calvin Miller brings the ball forward with Serge Atakayi

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