Archive for November, 2008

Rangers 2 Motherwell 1

November 30, 2008

Once again the youth fixture clashed with the first team’s so I was unable to attend. Rangers made one change from the side that won at Kilmarnock, Danny Wilson returning from illness and Steven Forbes dropping to the bench. Former Rangers keeper Steven Coutts was in goal for Motherwell, while Nicky Gallagher missed out on a return visit to Murray Park after his red card against Celtic last week.

Rangers took the lead on 26 minutes when John Fleck’s corner was headed home by Isa Bagci from close  range. The game was made safe with fifeteen minutes remaining, Gregg Wylde broke down the left and his cross was converted by substitute Archie Campbell. Motherwell scored their consolation goal in injury time when Calum Hendrie scored with a powerful shoot from just inside the penalty area.

Rangers:- Arturs Vaiculus; Ross Perry, Chris Scott, Danny Wilson, Gregg Wylde; Kyle Hutton, Stephen Stirling, Jamie Ness, John Fleck; Kane Hemmings (Archie Campbell), Isa Bagci (Steven Forbes).

Motherwell:- Steven Coutts; Mark Smith (Jamie Pollock), Dario Quinn, David McAuliffe, Jordan Halsman; Patrick McPake, Steven Meechan, Peter Innes, Paul Slane; Ryan Martin, Steven Lawless (Calum Hendrie).

Next up for the youths is Dumbarton in the 4th round of teh Youth Cup. The game is at Ibrox next Sunday 7th December with a 1pm Kick Off.

Victory Shield footnote:-

All five Rangers players took part in Scotland’s 0-2 defeat at the hands of England at Sincil Bank, Lincoln on Friday night. Adam Hunter, Michael Noble and Dylan McGeough all started the game. Kyle McAusland replaced Adam Hunter in the first half, when it looked like the Rangers youngster sustsained a serious injury. Nicky Main replaced his Rangers team mate Dylan McGeough in the second half.

Here’s hoping the injury to Adam Hunter is not serious and he is back playing soon.

Kilmarnock 0 Rangers 1

November 22, 2008

Kilmarnock 0 Rangers 1

Billy Kirkwood made three changes from the team that was held by Inverness Caley Thistle last weekend. In came Chris Scott, John Fleck returning from injury and Isa Bagci, back from helping Turkey qualify for the next phase of the UEFA Under 19’s championships, Gordon Dick, Kal Naismith and Archie Campbell dropping to the bench. Keeper Mark Weir, currently on loan from Rangers, lined up between the sticks for Kilmarnock.

In a uneventful first half there were few incidents of note, with neither side troubling the opposition’s keeper. Isa Bagci fired over in the 5th minute after the Kilmarnock defence failed to clear a Kane Hemmings long throw. Twenty minutes later Hemmings just failed to get a touch at the back post from a John Fleck corner.Mark Weir had his first real action in the 36th minute, comfortably saving a Stephen Stirling shot from the edge of the box.

Half Time:Kilmarnock 0 Rangers 0

Rangers came out for the second half looking to raise the pace and almost took the lead in the first minute. A John Fleck corner was headed goalwards by Ross Perry, but the Kilmarnock defender cleared of the line at the left hand post. Four mintues later Rangers took the lead, Stephen Stirling released Kane Hemmings on the left, he cut in passed the defender and hit a right foot shot passed Mark Weir.

Two minutes later a fine save from Weir prevented Rangers increasing their lead, Isa Bagci went passed two Kilmarnock defenders , but Weir did well to block his effort. On 62 minutes Weir was to deny Bagci again, this time he worked his way along the byline before Weir saved his shot from a tight angle.

On 69 minutes Bagci, came close again. He turned the last defender in the box and as Mark Weir came out he poked the ball passed him but just wide of the post. The next chance came 10 minutes later when a through ball from Kyle Hutton saw Kane Hemmings running through, but Weir saved bravely at the big striker’s feet.

With six minutes remaining Kilmarnock were reduced to ten men. A slip in the centre of the Killie defence saw Kane Hemming race clear. The Kilmarnock defender Michael Doyle attempted to pull him back and although Hemmings broke from his grasp the referee deemed the last man infringement enough to warrant a straight red card. From the resultant free kick Gregg Wylde struck it well, but Mark Weir again pulled of a fine save diving to his left.

A better second half performance secured the points and should have produced another goal or two. Kilmarnock battled well and at 1-0 were always in the game, but never really created a real chance during the 90 minutes.

Full Time: Kilmarnock 0 Rangers 1

Rangers Team: Arturs Vaiculus; Steven Forbes, Chris Scott, Ross Perry, Gregg Wylde; Kyle Hutton, Stephen Stirling, Jamie Ness, John Fleck (Archie Campbell); Isa Bagci (Kyle McAusland), Kane Hemmings.

Unused Subs: Grant Adam, Kal Naismith, Andrew Milne, Gordon Dick

Next game is Rangers -v- Motherwell, Saturday 29th November, Murray Park, 11am Kick Off.

Development Fixtures 22/23 November

November 21, 2008

Saturday 22nd November 2008.

SFYIPT 11s 22/11/2008 Rangers v Dundee United @ Murray Park (astro) @ 12 noon

SFYIPT 12s 22/11/2008 Rangers v Dundee United @ Murray Park (astro) @ 12 noon

Sunday 23rd November 2008.

SFYIPT 13s 23/11/2008 Dundee United v Rangers @ no details available.

SFYIPT 14s 23/11/2008 Dundee United v Rangers @ no details available

SFYIPT 15s 23/11/2008 Rangers v Dundee United @ Murray Park (grass) @ 2pm

SFYIPT 16s/17s 23/11/2008 Rangers v Dundee United @ Murray Park (grass) @ 2pm

Under 19’s: The Season So Far

November 19, 2008

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Unlike following the fortunes of the first team, where players leave and arrive through decisions by the coaching staff and management. Youths team also have an additional factor that changes the squad, the player’s date of birth. Having completed the double that last two seasons, this year’s youth team look to face the challenge with a younger and smaller squad.

With Scott Gallagher, Steven Kinniburgh, Ross Harvey, Andrew Shinnie, Thomas Kind Bendiksen, Georgos Efrem, Chris Craig, Andy Little and Willie McLachlan all moving up to reserve level, Michael Donald heading to the US on a “soccer” scholarship and Jeroen Van Den Broeck returning to Belgium, that means a total of eleven players now too old from last season’s squad. In addition four younger players were also released, all would potentially feature against the youths this season, Ally Park (Hibs), Lancine Cherif (Kilmarnock), Nicky Gallagher (Motherwell) and Shaun Porter (Inverness CT).

Three new signings were made, striker Kane Hemmings from Tamworth, midfielder Tom Miller from Norwich City and just before the transfer deadline a 16 year old midfielder from New Zealand Andrew Milne. Nine players were reatined from last season’s under 15’s and now step up to under 17’s.

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So the season starts with only six players on their final year at this level, with Craig McShea still recovering from the broken leg he suffered at the end of last season. The squad was dealt a further blow when new signing Tom Miller suffered a serious injury in pre-season training and would be out for some time.

The opening league game was away to Falkirk at Stirling University. In recent seasons games against Falkirk have been tight, and this was the case here with a late goal from 16 year old substitute Rhys McCabe separating the sides.  Next up came a home game against Hearts, unfortunately it clashed with a first team trip to Aberdeen, so I was unable to attend. A goal in each half from Danny Wilson and Kane Hemmings meant the loss of a last minute goal did not impact on the result Rangers winning 2-1.

The last game in August was a trip to take on Aberdeen at Balgownie Playing Fields, not the best of playing surfaces so August was probably a good time to go there. Another game I was unable to attend, this time due to work commitments. Rangers went into the game without Danny Wilson, Stephen Stirling, Rhys McCabe and Kane Hemmings. An Archie Campbell hat trick gave Rangers a comfortable 3-1 win.

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The first Old Firm clash at Barrowfield saw a young Rangers side produce a gutsy performance to secure an 0-0 draw. Rangers went into the game without defensive mainstays Ross Perry and Danny Wilson, as well as long term casualties Craig McShea and Tom Miller. Scott Durie was outstanding in the centre of defence. The game also saw 15 year old Kyle  McAusland make his under 19 debut as a second half substitute.

Lancine Cherif made a scoring return to Murray Park in the next game, but this time in the colours of Kilmarnock. His goal cancelling out an earlier Archie Campbell strike. The  winning goal came from Isa Bagci just before half time. The second half failed to produce anymore goals Rangers winning 2-1.

With both Rangers and Motherwell having a few players in the Scotland under 17’s squad for the European Championship qualifiers the next league game was postponed. Four Rangers players, Darren Cole, Max Wright, Gordon Dick and Kal Naismith contributed to Scotland qualifying in 2nd place. Gordon Dick scoring half Scotland’s eight goals in a group that included France, Slovakia and San Marino.

The impressive new Hibs Training Centre was the venue for the top of the table clash at the beginning of October. With Arturs Vaiculus away on International duty with Latvia, Grant Adam took over in goal, it also saw the first appearance of the season at Under 19’s for John Fleck. Former Rangers players Ally Park and Darren Kelly featured in the Hibs squad.

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After a goaless first half, two goals early in the second half from Patrick Deane gave Hibs a two goal cushion. Substitute Gordon Dick pulled a goal back, before a harsh sending off for Chris Scott dented Rangers chances. Everyone in attendance was surprised when the referee produced a straight red for what was no more than a yellow card offence. 

With two minutes left Rangers were reduced to nine men, a rash challenge from Oliver Russell, who should at least have been cautioned for a blatant body check minutes earlier, saw John Fleck raise his hands in retaliation, leaving the referee with no option to produce a red card. Nine man Rangers almost salvaged an unlikely point with the last kick of the ball, Danny Wilson hit a free kick from just outside the box only for Hibs keeper Tom Flynn to produce a stunning save low at his right hand post.

The youth’s got back to winning ways the afternoon of the club’s AGM, just along the road from Ibrox at McKenna Park against St. Mirren. Another game I missed due to work commitments, goals from Gregg Wylde, Archie Campbell & Isa Bagci gave the youngsters a comfortable 3-0 win.

Scotland’s Under 19’s qualifiers in Hungary meant another break in fixtures. With Grant Adam, Danny Wilson, Ross Perry, Stephen Stirling and Jamie Ness, (John Fleck withdrew injured), all in the squad for qualifiers against Azerbaijan, San Marino and Hungary. With two wins and a draw Scotland topped the group to qualify for the next stage.

November meant back to league duty with a game against bottom side Hamilton Accies, the game was due to be away from home, but was switched to Murray Park. After a first minute set back when Hamilton were awarded a penalty, which was saved by Arturs Vaiculus, goals from Gregg Wylde, Archie Campbell, Stephen Stirling and a first at Under 19 level for 15 year old Kyle McAusland ensured a comfortable 4-0 win.

Youth Cup action was next up for Billy Kirkwood’s side, with a home tie against Brora Rangers, the game being played at Ibrox the same day the first team were playing at Kilmarnock. Why it couldn’t have been played on the Saturday I don’t know.  Six different scores, Gordon Dick, Gregg Wylde, Kane Hemmings, Kal Naismith, Max Wright & Ross Perry saw Rangers cruise into the next round.

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This brings us to last weekends game, which again unfortunately clashed with the first team fixture. A 1-1 draw at home to Inverness Caley Thistle was an opportunity missed, with Hibs not playing a win would have narrowed the gap at the top to a single point. Stephen Stirling’s goal was cancelled out just before half time by Caley’s Shane Sutherland. The Rangers connection in the Caley line up was Andrew Shinnie’s younger brother Graeme, and substitute Shaun Porter who was with Rangers last season.

In summary its been a promising start for what is a young squad, with the injuries to Craig McShea and Tom Miller there has only been four 18 year olds to call on.  The only two players that have started all games are 17 year olds Archie Campbell and Steven Forbes. There has been a significant contribution from several 16 year olds and 15 year old Kyle McAusland has scored his first youth league goal.

Hopefully I will be able to attend the up coming fixtures, starting with the Kilmarnock game this weekend and will keep the site updated.

Bagci’s Turkey Qualify

November 17, 2008

Rangers under 19’s striker Isa Bagci has missed the last two games while away on international duty. The good news is he was a member of the Turkey Under 19’s squad that qualified with maximum points in a group that included Andorra, Wales and Romania. Isa came on as a half time substitute in their opening game against Andorra, scoring the third goal in a 4-0 win.

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Next up came Wales and Isa played the whole ninety minutes in Turkey’s 3-0 victory. By the time the final game came round, Turkey and Romania had qualified as they had both beaten Andorra and Wales. Turkey secured top spot with a 2-1 win over the Romanians, Isa started the match, playing until he was substituted in the 59th minute. He can now look forward to the possibility of being drawn against some of his Rangers team mates in the next qualifying stage.

Rangers 1 Inveness Caley Thistle 1

November 16, 2008

Rangers missed an opportunity to cut Hibs lead at the top to one point at Murray Park on Saturday. Due to the game kicking off at 1pm, I was unable to attend as it clashed with the first team game at Ibrox. Therefore only brief details of a report, but there is a report on the Official Rangers website.

With Darren Cole suspended and Isa Bacgi away on international duty with Turkey, Rangers had to make a couple of changes.  They did manage to take the lead on 19 minutes with a long range shot from Stephen Stirling. Inverness equalised on the stroke of half time through Shane Sutherland. The second half was goalless and time will tell if this was a point gained or two points dropped in the pursuit of their third league title in a row.

Rangers: Arturs Vaiculus; Steven Forbes, Ross Perry, Kyle Hutton, Gregg Wylde;Gordon Dick (Max Wright), Stephen Stirling, Jamie Ness (Chris Scott), Kal Naismith (Kyle McAusland);Archie Campbell, Kane Hemmings.

Unused Subs: Grant Adam, Andrew Milne.

Next game for the Under 19’s is away to Kilmarnock on Saturday 22nd November 2008, Kilwinning Sports Centre, Kick Off 12:00.

Development Fixtures 15/16 November

November 13, 2008

SFYIPT 11s 15/11/2008 Celtic v Rangers @ Barrowfield Training Centre (Astro) @ 9.30 hrs

SFYIPT 12s 15/11/2008 Celtic v Rangers @ Barrowfield Training Centre (Astro) @ 9.30 hrs

SFYIPT 13s 16/11/2008 Rangers v Celtic @ Murray Park @ 2.00pm

SFYIPT 14s 16/11/2008 Rangers v Celtic @ Murray Park @ 2.00pm

SFYIPT 15s 16/11/2008 Celtic v Rangers @ Garscube Science Park @ 11am Match Off

SFYIPT 16s/17s 16/11/2008 Celtic v Rangers @ Garscube Science Park @ 11am Match Off

17’s Friendly V Clyde

November 13, 2008

A Rangers team made up of mainly 1st year under 17’s took on Clyde under 17’s at Murray Park tonight. A hat-trick in the first 15 minutes from Max Wright paved the way for a comfortable win. Further goals from Ewan McNeil and the Trialist striker completed the scoring in the first of three periods. The second period only produced one goal from New Zealander Andrew Milne. Further goals were added in the third period by Murray Wallace and a 2nd goal from Ewan McNeil. The whirlwind start by Rangers really made it difficult for Clyde, but they recovered to compete better in the second and third periods. Rangers also managed to give three under 15’s, Scott Rumsby, George Scott & Lewis McLeod a run out at the older age group.

Rangers Team:Gary Inglis; Adam Hunter, Scott Rumsby (Lewis McLeod), Murray Wallace, Michael Noble; Ewan McNeil, Nicky Main, Anthony Meringhi, Andrew Milne; Max Wright (George Scott), Trialist.


Youth Cup 4th Round Draw

November 13, 2008

After easing passed Brora Rangers on Sunday the Under 19’s have been rewarded with a home tie against Dumbarton. The Sons have reached this stage by defeating East Stiring 5-1 away from home in the 2nd round, followed by a 3-2 home win over Edinburgh City in the 3rd Round. Ties are scheduled to be played on Sunday 7th December 2008.

The other ties are as follows:-

St. Mirren -v- Inverness CT

Falkirk -v- Hearts

Motherwell -v-Livingston

Ross County -v- Hibs

Raith Rovers -v-Civil Service Strollers

Celtic -v-Cowdenbeath

Queen’s Park -v- Hamilton Accies

Rangers 6 Brora Rangers 0

November 9, 2008

Rangers 6 Brora Rangers 0

The Under 19’s started their defence of the Youth Cup today with a home tie against Highland League side Brora Rangers. Unfortunately the game clashed with the first team fixture at Rugby Park so I was unable to attend. Therefore I have to apologise for a lack of match report, I am sure there must have been a reason that this game could not have been played on Saturday.

Rangers ran out comfortable 6-0 winners, first half goals from Gordon Dick and Gregg Wylde were followed by second half strikes from Kane Hemmings, Kal Naismith, Max Wright and Ross Perry.

Rangers Team:

Arturs Vaiculis; Steven Forbes, Ross Perry, Darren Cole, Gregg Wylde; Gordon Dick, Stephen Stirling, Kyle Hutton, Kal Naismith; Archie Campbell, Kane Hemmings (Max Wight).

Unused Subs

Grant Adam, Dylan McGeough, Kyle McAusland, Andrew Milne.

The youths next game is Saturday 15th November against Inverness Caley Thistle in the Youth League. This is being played at Murray Park with a 1pm kick off.

Other 3rd Round Results

Livingston 2 Dundee 1

Queens Park 3 St.Johnstone 2

Stenhousemuir 0 Hibs 2

Hearts 7 Queen Of The South 0

Inverurie Locos 0 Raith Rovers 6

Cowdenbeath 1 Partick Thistle 1 (Cowdenbeath won 4-3 on penalties)

Stranraer 0 Celtic 12

Motherwell 4 Kilmarnock 0

Ross County 5 Dalbeattie Star 1

Inverness CT 8 Annan Athletic 2

St Mirren 1 Dundee United 0

Hamilton Accies 5 Inverness Clach 0

Falkirk 1 Aberdeen 0

Civil Service Strollers 2 Deveronvale 0

Dumbarton 3 Edinburgh City 2