Friendly Win Over Jags

Rangers 2 Partick Thistle 1

Win this week’s league game against Dundee United postponed due to international call ups, Rangers took on Partick Thistle in a friendly at Murray Park tonight. It was another win, but like a few games this season an unconvincing performance.

Only a fantastic point-blank save from Ryan Scally prevented Rangers taking the lead in the fifth minute. Rhys McCabe sent a cross field pass from left to right where he found Robbie Crawford who’s cross was right onto the head of Max Wright and Scally somehow kept out the striker’s powerful header. Wright hand another chance on 12 minutes, Kal Naismith broke forward before releasing Wright who advanced into the box before shooting which Scally saved easily.

Thistle had a chance five minutes later when Wayne Drummond picked the ball up after releasing it from his hands, therefore conceding an indirect free-kick inside the box, Kieran Burns played the ball back to Paul Cairney who’s shot was blocked by the Rangers wall. Three minutes later and Rangers took the lead, Robbie Crawford gathered a poor kick from keeper Scally, his pass found Max Wright free inside the box and he calmly fired home.

At the other end Kieran Burns tried his luck from distance which Drummond saved comfortably at his right hand post. A minute later Kamil Wiktorski combined with Max Wright and the striker’s low cross was cleared at the back post by Ross McGeough with Rhys McCabe waiting to pounce.

Just after the half-hour a long pass from McCabe released Wright on the left, he passed inside to Gordon Dick and his shot brought out a fine save from Scally diving to his left. Rangers came close to adding a second on 34 minutes, Dick’s corner from the right was powered goalwards by the head of Chris Scott, only for Stuart Bannigan to pop up on the line to clear.

A few minutes later and Burns had a carbon copy of his earlier effort from distance with the same result, Drummond saving comfortably at his right hand post. Right on the stroke of half-time a poor kick from Drummond had Dick under pressure, he lost possession to  Cairney, he passed inside to Bannigan who’s shot was straight at Drummond.

Half-Time:- Rangers 1 Partick Thistle 0

Two minutes in to the second half and the Jags were level, the ball was played up to Shaun Fraser at the edge of the box where he laid it back into the path of Kieran Burns who beat Alan Smith with a shot into the bottom left hand corner of the net. Smith had to look lively five minutes late, saving bravely at the feet of Bannigan after Fraser played the ball through.

Rangers regained the lead on 64 minutes, Dick passed the ball to Kal Naismith on the halfway line and his pass split the Thistle defence sending Max Wright clear, the striker ran on into the box before beating Graeme Shepherd with a low shot. Five minutes later substitute Ewan McNeill won the ball in midfield before beating a defender and shooting narrowly wide.

With eleven minutes left McNeil’s low cross was sliced by Colin Stevenson and only a fine save from Shepherd prevented the ball spinning into the top corner.  McNeil then setup a chance for George Scott with his fellow substitute shooting just wide. In the final minute a George Scott long ball saw trialist Fredrik Epsling get the better of Stevenson in the chase for the ball, only to be denied by the legs of Shepherd at the edge of the penalty box.

Full-Time:- Rangers 2 Partick Thistle 1

Rangers:- Wayne Drummond (Alan Smith 46mins), Kyle McAusland, Chris Hegarty (Ewan McNeil 55 mins), Chris Scott, Steven Hetherington; Robbie Crawford (Gregor Fotheringham 71mins), Gordon Dick (George Scott 78mins), Kamil Wiktorski, Rhys McCabe; Max Wright (Fredrik Espling 75mins), Kal Naismith.

Partick Thistle:- Ryan Scally (Graeme Shepherd 46mins), Ross McGeough, Colin Stevenson, Kyle Lochead, Lance Pearce (Jonathan Baxter 46mins); Paul Cairney, Stuart Bannigan, Jamie Campbell, Kieran Burns, Daniel Sweeney (Mark Burbridge 59mins); Shaun Fraser.

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