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Rangers 1 Blackburn Rovers 2

With Grant Adam and Andy Little away with the first team squad in Germany there were two changes to the team that defeated Oxford United. Mark Weir took over in goal and trialist Gil Bluhmenstein partnered Lory Loy up front. The reserves were up against it going two goals behind in the opening six minutes.

In the opening minute the Blackburn central midfielder was allowed to stride forward, although his shot was blocked it deflected into the path of their left midfielder who beat Weir  in the race to the ball and stabbed the ball home. Worse was to follow when after good work down the left and a low cross, the visitors striker turned and fired past Weir from just outside the six yard box.

In 13 minutes Rangers got themselves back into the game, the Blackburn keeper handled outside the box and from the resultant free kick Gil Bluhmennstein curled the ball round the wall and into the net. On the twenty minute mark Jamie Ness and Steven Kinniburgh combined down the left and from the full back’s cut back Blumennstein’s shot was deflected wide. The remainder of the first half was fairly even without any real scoring chances at either end.

Half Time:- Rangers 1 Blackburn Rovers 2

The second half was evenly contested with goalmouth action pretty limited. Mark Weir produced a fine save on 63 minutes, diving to his left to parry a header following a corner from the left. Five minutes later a long ball from defence released Bluhmennstein but he shot weakly straight at the keeper.

With seven minutes remaining Jamie Ness won the ball in midfield and strode forward, but his shot from distance lacked power and the keeper saved easily.

Full Time:- Rangers 1 Blackburn Rovers 2

Rangers:- Mark Weir; Alan Lowing, Ross Perry, Jordan McMillan, Steven Kinniburgh; Stephen Stirling (Gregg Wylde 46 mins), Paul Emslie, Jamie Ness, Steven Lennon; Rory Loy, Gil Bluhmennstein.

Rangers 0 Blackburn Rovers 3

It was a disappointing performance and result from the youths in todays friendly. Although they were without several players for one reason or another, I am sure Billy Kirkwood would have expected a better performance from his young side.

They went behind in the 10th minute when when the visitors centre half got a free header from a corner form the right that looped over keeper Gary Inglis giving him no chance.  Rangers then threatened briefly and the Blackburn keeper had to look sharp, first racing from his line to collect a through ball from trialist No 8, then moving quickly to save at the feet of Kane Hemmings.

On the half hour mark Kal Naismith had an effort from a free-kick wide on the right forcing the keeper to save low to his left. In general play the visitors were on top and doubled their lead on the stroke of half time, their left midfield player finding the net with a long range shot, keeper Inglis looking slow to react.

Half Time:- Rangers 0 Blackburn Rovers 2

The second half continued in the same pattern with the English side well on top and Inglis made a fine save low to his left just before the hour mark. The goal was only delayed a few minutes and again the home keeper should possibly have done better. A high cross from the right saw Gary out jumped and out muscled by the big striker who forced the ball home.

The Rangers side was really struggling and only a fine close range save from Inglis prevented a further goal. Then with eight minutes reaming the Blackburn striker brushed aside Steven Forbes and Scott Durie and raced clear, Inglis came form his goal to make another fine save.

So it was a bad day for the youths and Billy Kirkwood will hope the return of keepers Grant Adam and Mark Weir along with Danny Wilson, Jamie Ness, Gregg Wylde, Darren Cole and Chris Scott and improved performances from the others will be seen in the coming weeks.

Full Time:- Rangers 0 Blackburn Rovers 3

Rangers :- Gary Inglis; Trialist No 2 (Christiano Kisuka 66mins), Kyle Hutton, Scott Durie, Sreven Forbes; Max Wight ( Rhys McCabe 62 mins), Trialist No 8 (Gordon Dick 46mins), Trialist No 6 (Trialist No 17 46mins), Kal Naismith; Archie Campbell, Kane Hemmings

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