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Sunday, 28 April 2013 10:24

Eyes On The Prize

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DANNY STONEY wants to take his momentum from recent first-team appearances into tomorrow night’s Glasgow Cup final with Celtic at Firhill and help his side retain the trophy.

The 16-year-old made another appearance for Rangers off the bench in yesterday’s 4-2 win over East Stirlingshire in the Third Division at Ochilview.

Stoney even had a hand in David Templeton’s second of the match when he might have shot himself and he made a positive impression once again.

Now his attentions turn to the under-17 derby with Gers’ city rivals for a prize he helped the side win last year on penalties at Ibrox.

Stoney has played for the reserves lately as well in what has been a whirlwind period for the teenager.

And he’s looking to keep his career on an upward curve with a victory in Maryhill as Billy Kirkwood’s team looks to secure the club’s 48th title in that competition.

Stoney said: “It has been a great experience for me lately. Getting a chance with the first team has been brilliant and hopefully I’ve taken it.

“I’m a Rangers fan and I’m happy to play for the team I support. Now I’m just looking to get more games under my belt.

“The next one is the Glasgow Cup final and I look forward to every game I play, no matter what level it’s at.

“I’ll just try my hardest to impress the manager and whoever the coaches are I’m working with.

“I hope we win against Celtic on Monday. It’s a big game for the club and we all want to keep going in the right direction.”

It’s fair to say Stoney is a lad who isn’t lacking when it comes to confidence and that was certainly the case against Shire.

His contribution to Templeton’s second goal was significant in that he made a bursting run with the ball past a number of opponents before squaring to Lee McCulloch.

He could have taken on the shooting chance himself instead but showed intelligence to cut back and the ball was eventually converted by the former Hearts winger.

Stoney added: “I was hoping to shoot and get my first goal for the club but I knew Lee was at the far post.

“If I didn’t cut it back to Jig I thought he would blast me so I squared it to him but he fluffed it so I’m still taking it as an assist for Temps!

“It would have been a dream come true if I’d got the goal myself but hopefully I get another chance next week and I can get one myself.”

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