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Simon Ireland wants QPR U18s to 'express themselves'

SIMON Ireland expects an entertaining affair when QPR Under-18s kick-off their FA Youth Cup campaign in W12 on Tuesday night.

The young R’s begin their involvement in this season’s competition under the lights at Loftus Road, with Charlton Athletic standing between them and a place in the Fourth Round.

Rangers have fared well in the Professional Development League this campaign, and Ireland wants them to keep that good form going.

“It’s a game we’re looking forward to,” Under-18s coach Ireland told “Any chance to play at Loftus Road is great.

“But we’re just approaching it as any other game. It’s just a matter of the boys going out on the pitch and expressing themselves like they have done so far this season.

“Yes, it’s a different occasion, but what we’re after is still the same.”

Charlton provide the R’s opponents – a side Rangers beat 2-1 at Harlington in the league just over a month ago.

The Addicks, though, sit two places higher in the table and Ireland is under no illusions about the challenge ahead.

“Any time you play Charlton is a tough game,” he said. “They’ve got some good players.

“It was a very close game when we played them. They missed a penalty, which might have changed the way the game went.

“Hopefully it’s going to be another good high-tempo game, end to end, with lots of goalscoring opportunities.

“Fingers crossed the outcome goes our way.”

QPR fans can cheer on the Under-18s at Loftus Road on Tuesday night – entry is £3 for adults, £1 for concessions (Under 16s).