Rangers were knocked out the UEFA Youth League by Atletico Madrid after falling to a 4-0 defeat at Firhill.
Graeme Murty’s side had previously overcome Young Boys of Switzerland and Slovan Bratislava of Slovakia, but were outclassed on the day by the Madrid giants as they progressed into the last 32 of the competition.
Rangers’ players such as Nathan Paterson, Dapo Mebude and Kai Kennedy may have already had an insight into what life is like playing for Steven Gerrard’s first-team but struggled to make much of an impact in what was their toughest opponents yet.
It was a game which was run by the two Atletico wonder kids Mario Soriano and Rodrigo Riquelme, who made his debut for Diego Simeone last month against Leonesa in the Copa Del Rey.
The visitors took the lead on the fifth minute when Riquelme’s corner landed on the head of Manuel Maroto and he made no mistake as he powered a header past Lewis Budinauckas.
The 19-year old winger nearly doubled his sides lead on the half hour mark when he broke free down the wing and seen his low drive at goal go inches wide of the post.
The Spanish side got their second just two minutes into the second half as Riquelme’s cross was just about bundled over the line by Nacho Quintana from point-blank range.
It was 3-0 on the 78th minute when the impressive Riquelme slid in Soriano, and he drilled an unstoppable effort into the far corner beyond Budinauckas.
Soriano turned provider on the dying moments as he set up substitute Alberto Maldonado to add a fourth in stoppage time, wrapping up what was breath taking performance by the away side.
Budinauckas, Patterson, Maxwell, Finlayson, Breen, Miller, McPake, Dickson, Mebude, Palmer, Kennedy
Atletico Madrid XI
Saldana, Ajenjo, Medrano, Moreno, Maroto, Ferreras, Ramirez, Quintana, Urena, Soriano, Riquelme
Referee- Jerome Brisand (FRA)
Goals- Maroto(5), Quintana(47), Soriano(78), Maldonado(90)
Yellow Cards- Moreno(3), Ferreras(45), Patterson(54), Medrano(63),
Red Cards- N/A