Rovers will get their shot at FA Youth Cup glory today with winger Luke Brennan insisting the players are ready for the challenge that Manchester City face.

Mike Sheron’s side are bidding to become the first Rovers side to reach the final of the prestigious competition since 2012 and will be the underdogs in the St George’s Park meeting (5pm).

But having comprehensively beaten Arsenal 4-1 in the last round, and still having the majority of that squad available, Rovers will be far from overawed.

The competition was halted days after Rovers’ quarter-final victory at Ewood Park, but there has remained a desire on behalf of all four sides, with Manchester United and Chelsea competing in the other last four tie, to play it to a conclusion.

Players who were available for the competition last season, and still under contract at each respective club, will still be eligible to play, meaning the likes of Luke Brennan, Dan Pike and Sam Burns will all feature. Brennan made his first-team bow this season, and is excited by the opportunity.

“During the lockdown period we thought the tie would never get played, but we’re all delighted that it’s going ahead now,” the teenager said.

“I was buzzing when I heard the news and I can’t wait to play in the game now.

“It’s been a long wait since we beat Arsenal in the last round, but it seems like it was only yesterday.

“I remember it really well, it was a great night for me and a great night for everyone involved with the club.

“We all played well and deserved the 4-1 win against a team of Arsenal’s calibre. Hopefully we can beat City and get into the final.”

City beat Burnley in the last eight to set up a quarter-final tie with Rovers and have no shortage of talent in their ranks.

Striker Liam Delap scored the winner in the last round, and netted on his first-team debut at the age of 17 earlier this season in a Carabao Cup win over Bournemouth.

They will be captained by midfielder Tommy Doyle, and be able to call upon Taylor Harwood-Bellis at centre half, both who have already made their first-team bows under Pep Guardiola.

City haven’t won the competition since 2008, but have been runners-up in four of the last five seasons.

And Brennan told the club website: “City are an unbelievable team who play well and have a few individual players who can hurt us.

“But we’ve prepared right and hopefully get that win.”

The two players who were in the starting line-up for the quarter-final tie but unavailable today are Flavien Enzo Boyomo and D’Margio Wright-Phillips.

Wright-Phillips, a scorer against Arsenal, wouldn’t have been available for the last four tie anyway, having been on loan at City, and he has since returned to his parent club.

Boyomo meanwhile turned down the offer of a professional deal at Rovers to sign for La Liga 2 outfit Albacete.