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19th Apr, 2017 | 2:04pm

18-year-old forward: I want to play for the Rangers first team in the next year

By Harvey Byrne

Rangers youth ace Serge Atakayi has revealed that he wants to make the step up to the first team in the next year.

The 18-year-old right-winger is highly regarded in the Gers youth ranks and only on 11 April was he striking two goals as the Under-20s team completed a 2-1 victory over their Hearts counterparts.

The teenager has also watched on as Myles Beerman and David Bates have made the step up from the youth team to the senior side and in a Twitter question and answer session on Wednesday afternoon he told that he had a time-frame for when he wanted to make his first team debut for the club.

Atakayi was born in DR Congo, but he has since chosen to represent Finland at Under-18 and Under-19 level.

The young forward only joined Rangers last summer after trial periods with Leicester and Fulham, but he does currently hold the record of being the youngest goalscorer in the history of the Finnish top-flight after striking for former club FF Jaro at the age of 16 years and 107 days.

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Atakayi still has two years remaining on his deal at Ibrox and fans of the club will now be hoping he reaches his target as another youngster makes the step up to the senior team.

In other Rangers news, Atakayi has also revealed the academy’s most skillful player.

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