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Rangers looking strong after City of Glasgow Cup first round

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The first round of fixtures in the City of Glasgow Cup is in the books. The tournament sees Glasgow’s four clubs: Celtic, Queen’s Park, Partick Thistle and Rangers go head to head at Under 17s level, in a group format between August and March for the right to lift the prestigious trophy.
Rangers stormed to the top of the table with a comfortable victory over The Spiders at the Rangers Training Centre, a week after current holders Celtic came out on top in a seven-goal thriller against the Jags at Lennoxtown.
City of Glasgow Cup: Round One
Celtic 4-3 Partick Thistle
Rangers 8-0 Queen's Park
The Light Blues sported a side that featured many recent Scotland youth internationals including the likes of Zac Butterworth, Kyle McLelland, and Dapo Mebude, Nathan Patterson and Josh McPake but it was Matty Yates who attracted most of the attention with a second half hat-trick.
The Hoops looked to have Thistle dead and buried at 3-1 but the Firhill side showed no signs of giving up, and fought back to 3-3 before Kieran McGrath grabbed his second goal of the day in the final minute.
Round Two, due to take place in October, will be dominated by the first Old Firm clash of the tournament as Celtic and Rangers face off at Lennoxtown, and should there be a winner the group will have an outright leader. Partick and Queen’s will both be looking to put their first points on the board before they face the Old Firm sides again in November. Their match is scheduled to be played at Lochinch.
Rounds Three and Four will be played in November and December respectively, and the latter will see the reversal of the first round of fixtures.
Rounds Five and Six both take place in February, and Rangers and Celtic will return to action against one another at the Rangers Training Centre while Queen’s and Partick play at Lesser Hampden. The last round has Celtic hosting Queen’s Park and Partick hosting Rangers.
Remaining fixtures:
Round Two

Wednesday October 11, Lennoxtown, 7.00pm 
Celtic v Rangers
Friday October 13, Lochinch, 7.15pm 
Partick Thistle v Queen's Park 
Round Three
Wednesday November 8, Lesser Hampden, 7.30pm 
Queen's Park v Celtic 
Wednesday November 8, Rangers Training Centre, 7.30pm 
Rangers v Partick Thistle
Round Four
Friday December 8, Lochinch, 7.15pm 
Partick Thistle v Celtic 

Wednesday December 13, Lesser Hampden, 7.30pm 
Queen's Park v Rangers
Round Five
Wednesday February 7, Rangers Training Centre, 7.30pm 
Rangers v Celtic

Friday February 9, Lesser Hampden, 7.30pm 
Queen's Park v Partick Thistle
Round Six
Thursday February 22, Lennoxtown, 7.00pm 
Celtic v Queen's Park 

Friday February 23, Lochinch, 7.15pm 
Partick Thistle v Rangers
The City of Glasgow Cup is organised by the Glasgow Football Association and sponsored by City Refrigeration Holdings Ltd.

Ryan Rowe | YFS South West Region Journalist & Bonnyton Thistle Reporter
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