Rangers Colts are through to the fourth round of the Scottish Challenge Cup after picking up a 1-0 win over Northern Irish side Ballymena United last night.
A strong side containing Jamie Barjonas, Gregg Docherty and Eros Grezda battled hard to try and get the win, but it was eventually a substitute who gave Rangers their victory.
Finland winger Serge Atakayi came off the bench to score the winning goal and he was highly praised by Rangers Colts boss Graeme Murty after the game, in conversation with the Rangers Twitter account.
“It’s credit to (assistant) Peter (Lovenkrands) actually. He thought we needed to get a bit more pace in the team. Serge has got everything in terms of pace. He’s very very quick. He’s electric.
“He took the goal really well. He’s had a hard time in terms of injury and him coming out of the team and trying to get back in the team. Hopefully, that will do his confidence a world of good.”
It has certainly been a tough time for Atakayi in recent months. He has been suffering with injury problems ever since making his first-team debut for Steven Gerrard in November of last year.
He has since been out on loan back in Finland with SJK but struggled to find his way back into the Rangers fold upon his return to the club.
This goal will have been a huge boost for the 20-year-old talent. His contract at Ibrox runs out next summer and he will need to continue impressing in this manner if he is to have a long-term future at Rangers going forward.