Archive for April, 2011

Linesman’s Flag Denies Youngsters

April 27, 2011

Celtic 2 Rangers 1

When Chris Hegarty fired the ball into the net in the final minute of extra time it looked like Rangers had taken the game to  a penalty shoot out only to be wrongly flagged offside by the far side linesman. Rangers went into tonight’s final as underdogs, having won only once in their last six games, while their rivals were on a winning run having clinched the league title at the weekend.

It was Billy Kirkwood’s side that had the first effort on goal after six minutes when Rhys McCabe shot wide from around 25 yards. Ten minutes later Gordon Dick’s cross field pass found Kal Naismith on the left he made his way into the box and his shot from almost on the byline was blocked by the foot of Nick Feely.

Two minutes later Adam Hunter’s free-kick from the right caused problems for the Celtic defence but they managed to scramble the ball clear. It was midway through the half before Celtic threatened the Rangers goal, Patrik Twardzik cutting in from the right although Gary Inglis saved easily.

Ten minutes before the break Gordon Dick  sent the ball forward to Kane Hemmings at the right hand angle of the box where he turned the defender and shot across goal. Three minutes later Inglis gathered Patrik Twardzik’s long-range effort at the second attempt.Right on half-time Dick sent Kyle  McAusland on the overlap and his low cross had Matty Hughes stretching to clear for a corner.

Half-Time:- Celtic 0 Rangers 0

Four minutes into the second-half and Darren Cole had to look sharp to clear Stephen O’Donnell’s low cross. Just before the hour mark Callum McGregor sent Keiran Brennan down the left and his cross come shot just cleared the crossbar.

On the hour Callum Bagshaw got to the byline and Adam Hunter could only divert the ball towards his own goal with Inglis being called into action to save.  A minute later Inglis was beaten when Patrik Twardzik’s 25 yarder came back of the cross-bar and Greig Spence could only knock the rebound wide.

Celtic’s pressure eventually told on 72 minutes when they took the lead, O’Donnell’s ball into the box saw Greig Spence turn past a defender before shooting beyond Inglis. Rangers replied almost immediately, Kal Naismith picking up a clearance at the edge of the box with Feely diving to his right to divert the ball for a corner.

Brennan then set up a chance for Patrik Twardzik with ten minutes remaining and the striker shot over. With only four minutes on the clock Patrik Twardzik’s cross found Bahrudin Atajic who could only direct his header straight at Inglis. A minute later the Ibrox youngsters grabbed an equaliser to take the game into extra time. McAusland’s cross from just inside the Celtic half was headed back across goal by Chris Hegarty with Rhys McCabe on hand to head beyond Feely.

Full-Time:- Celtic 1 Rangers 1

Celtic came close soon after the restart when Atajic flicked Patrik Twardzik’s right-wing cross just wide of the far post. Ten minutes into extra time Inglis produced a fine save, diving high to his right to claw away O’Donnell’s shot after the full-back cut in from the right.

Five minutes into the second period of extra time Celtic grabbed the lead, substitute Liam Gormley who had only just come on, cut in from the left before shooting past Inglis from the edge of the box. With the game into the final minute,  Naismith made space to shoot from the edge of the box and his shot was fumbled by Feely into the path of Chris Hegarty who fired the ball into the net only to be denied by the linesman’s flag.

After Extra Time:- Celtic 2 Rangers 1

Celtic:- Nick Feely; Stephen O’Donnell, Matty Hughes, Lewis Toshney, Keiran Brennan; Callum Bagshaw, Jackson Irvine, Callum McGregor, Filip Twardzik; Patrik Twardzik (Liam Gormley 109mins), Greig Spence ( Bahrudin Atajic 82mins)

Not Used:- Robbie Thomson (GK), Marcus Fraser, Islam Feruz

Rangers:- Gary Inglis; Kyle McAusland, Chris Hegarty, Darren Cole, Robbie McIntyre; Gordon Dick (Ewan McNeil 62mins), Gregor Fotheringham (Robbie Crawford 51mins), Adam Hunter, Rhys McCabe, Kal Naismith; Kane Hemmings (Andy Mitchell 72mins).

Not Used:- Wayne Drummond (GK), Kamil Wiktorski.

Youths Lose At Riccarton

April 22, 2011

Hearts 1 Rangers 0

Hearts kept their slim league hopes alive by edging out Rangers at Riccarton this afternoon. It was a game of few chances with the home side having the bulk of the pressure.

Almost half an hour had gone before we saw the first real chance of the game, David Smith released Kevin McHattie on the left And when his cross was headed up into the air by Chris Hegarty, Robert Ogilby challenged Wayne Drummond and the ball broke to Jordan Morton who volleyed over,

A minute later at the other end Kane Hemmings out muscled Jamie McCormack and just when it looked like he would get a shot on target McHattie cleared for a corner.

Half-Time:- Hearts o Rangers o

With an eye on Wednesday’s Youth Cup Final Rangers made two half-time substitutions, with Christiano Kisuka and Anthony Marenghi replacing, Kane Hemmings and Kal Naismith. Eight minutes after the break Drummond came to Rangers rescue, Smith sent Ogilby clear with the Rangers keeper coming off his line to block.

What proved to be the only goal of the game came on the hour mark, Fraser Mullen’s cross from the left was knocked back across goal by Callum Patterson and Colin Hamilton was on hand to shoot past Drummond. Rangers missed a great chance to grab an equaliser three minutes from time, Marenghi’s corner from the right broke to Kyle McAusland four yards from goal but he missed kicked right in front of goal.

Full-Time:- Hearts 1 Rangers 0

Hearts:- Jack Hamilton; Fraser Mullen, Jamie McCormack, Colin Hamilton, Kevin McHattie; Jordan Morton, Chris Kane (Chris Tobin 58mins), Denis Prychnenko (Callum Patterson 31mins), Jason Holt, David Smith; Robert Ogilby (Billy King 87mins)

Not Used:- Connor Fairley (GK)

Rangers:- Wayne Drummond; Ewan McNeil, Chris Hegarty, Kyle McAusland, Robbie McIntyre; Robbie Crawford, Gregor Fotheringham, Adam Hunter, Rhys McCabe (Andy Mitchell 71mins), Kal Naismith (Anthony Marenghi 46mins); Kane Hemmings (Christiano Kisuka 46mins).

Not Used:- Gary Inglis (GK), Kamil Wiktorski, Steven Hetherington, Marc Dyer

Youth Update

April 17, 2011

With the first team in action at the same time I was unable to take in this week’s league game away to Inverness CT at the Highland Football Academy in Dingwall.Very brief details below, I don’t know all subs and who, if any were used.

Inverness CT 0 Rangers 1

The only goal of the game came when Robbie Crawford lobbed the keeper from the edge of the  18 yard box on the hour mark.

Rangers:- Gary Inglis, Ewan McNeil, Robbie McIntrye, Kyle McAusland, Chris Hegarty, Adam Hunter, Andy Mitchell, Gregor Fotheringham, Christiano Kisuka, Robbie Crawford, Anthony Marenghi.

Subs:- Alan Smith (GK), Steven Hetherington, Sam McMahon, Darren Ramsay, Kal Naismith

On Sunday morning I took the opportunity to take in the Under 17’s Development League game at Murray Park against Raith Rovers.

The Kirkcaldy side were first to threaten after only four minutes, Blair Currie playing his first game for seven months after sustaining a leg break against St. Johnstone, got down at his right hand post to save a shot from the left hand angle of the penalty area. On fifteen minutes Darren Ramsay played the ball to Callum Gallagher on the right hand angle of the area and his shot took a deflection to beat the keeper.

Goal mouth incidents were the few and far between until a couple of minutes before the break. Raith had a corner on the left and it broke for the central defender inside the box, his first effort was blocked but the ball came straight back to him and he shot through a crowd of players past Currie. Rangers went straight to the other end and a Matty Clarke solo run took him past several defenders and deep into the penalty area where his shot came back of the post. The visitors then broke down the right and when the ball was cutback Currie had to look sharp to tip the effort on goal over.

Five minutes into the second-half  Sam McMahon went down under a challenge inside the box for a rather soft penalty, he stepped up to find the net despite the Raith keeper getting a hand to it. Just before the hour the keeper produced a fine save, Ramsay’s cross broke of McMahon to Marc Dyer at the edge of the box with the keeper diving to turn his shot wide.

On 65 minutes George Scott sent a cross in from the right which the defender headed up into the air, Lee Cochrane was on hand to volley past the keeper from just inside the box. Seven minutes later Sam George was called into action, stretching to turn a 35 yard free-kick over.

Two minutes later Andy Murdoch sent Charlie Telfer down the right, he went past the defender and hit the byline, his cutback giving Callum Wyllie a simple task of netting from close range. With the Raith Rovers youngsters tiring chances were coming at regular intervals, Scott played the ball inside and the keeper dived to deny Ramsay from the edge of the box.

A minute later the keeper produced a double save, first parrying from Wyllie, then denying Freddy Espling from the rebound.  The keeper contiuned to deny Rangers, saving from Wylie after the chance was setup by Scott.

As the game entered the last ten minutes he  turned a Wyllie free-kick wide and right at the end a move involving Adel Gafaiti and Telfer created a chance for Ramsay and once again the keeper thwarted the Rangers midfielder.

Rangers:- Blair Currie (GK), Sam George (GK), Craig Halkett, Matty Clarke, Adel Gafaiti, Jordan Wilson, Andy Murdoch, Darren Ramsay, Marc Dyer, Sam McMahon, Freddy Espling, Callum Gallagher, George Scott, Callum Wyllie, Lee Cochrane, Charlie Telfer.

Nike Premier Cup

Rangers Under 15’s squad set off to take part in the prestigious Nike Premier Cup this week in Warwick.

Teams – The participating teams are as follows: Arsenal, Aston Villa, Birmingham City , Blackburn Rovers, Bolton Wanderers, Cardiff City , Chelsea , Everton, Fulham, Rangers, Leeds Utd, Man City , Middlesbrough, Newcastle Utd, Stoke, Sunderland, Tottenham Hotspurs, West Brom , West Ham Utd, Wolves.

Opening Ceremony – The opening ceremony will take place on Sunday at 7.30pm in Butterworth Hall, Warwick Arts Centre.  The draw for the initial group stages will be made at this ceremony.

Format & Tournament Duration – There will be five teams in the group and therefore the players will be guaranteed 4 matches (matches will last 2 x 20 minutes) on the Monday and Tuesday.  12 teams will depart i.e. bottom 3 in the four groups on the Tuesday evening.  The remaining 8 teams will play quarter-final matches on the Wednesday morning with four departing at lunch time.  The remaining four teams will play a semi final on Wednesday afternoon with the two losing teams heading home afterwards.  The two winning semi finalists will play in the final on Thursday morning.

I believe the squad taking part is as follows, apologies if I have missed anyone:-

Liam Kelly, Andy Biddulph, Danny Stoney, Dylan Dykes, Gloady Ntumba, Greg Pascazio, Jamie Mills, Johnny Bradley, Kjeld McIntyre, Lewis Martin, Lewis Morgan, Luke Hammond, Robert McLardie, Ross Kellock, Ryan Sinnamon, Scott Roberts, Tom Walsh.


Rangers have been drawn in a group with West Brom, Aston Villa, Spurs and Everton.

Rangers lost their first game 1-0 to Aston Villa this morning (Monday).

A Lewis Martin goal was enough to secure a 1-0 win over Everton this afternoon.

Close of play Monday, all team in the group on 3 points having played 2 games.

Tuesday Morning:- Rangers 2 West Brom 1, goals from Kjeld McIntyre and Gloady Ntumba secure a second win for the boys.

A 3-0 loss to Spurs in their final game meant the youngsters missed on qualification on goal difference. I am sure it was a great experience for the boys and hopefully help in their development.

Youths Poor Run Continues

April 12, 2011

Rangers 0 Celtic 3

Rangers Under 19’s suffered their third consecutive league defeat at the hands of arch rivals Celtic at Murray Park this morning.  Two goals down after only thirteen minutes it became an uphill struggle that they never looked like over coming.

Celtic took the lead after only five minutes, Darren Cole lost out in an aerial challenge and when the ball landed at the edge of the penalty box Callum McGregor got there before Wayne Drummond to lob the Rangers keeper into the empty net. Eight minutes later the visitors scored again, with the Rangers defence all over the place in the early stages Tony Watt was allowed to twist and turn inside the box before shooting past Drummond.

Rangers were offering little in way of attack and their first effort of any note came on the half-hour, Gordon Dick’s corner from the right was cleared to the edge of the box where Robbie Crawford fired a powerful shot straight at Nick Feely.

Half-Time:-Rangers 0 Celtic 2

Six minutes after the break things got worse for the home side Watt got passed Crawford too easily on the right and his cross had Drummond flapping, he could only palm the ball straight to Patrick Twardzik who shot past the stranded keeper from around the penalty spot.

Celtic continued to control the game without really threatening to add to their tally. With Rangers only effort of note coming nine minutes from time, Kal Naismith controlling Crawford’s cross from the left on his chest at the edge of the box before shooting wide of Feely’s left hand post.

Full-Time:- Rangers 0 Celtic 3

Rangers:- Wayne Drummond; Kyle McAusland, Chris Hegarty, Darren Cole, Robbie McIntyre (Kamil Wiktorski 46mins); Andy Mitchell (Ewan McNeil 46mins), Gordon Dick (Adam Hunter 53mins), Rhys McCabe, Robbie Crawford; Kal Naismith, Christiano Kisuka.

Not Used:- Gary Inglis (GK), Steven Hetherington, Anthony Marenghi, Sam McMahon

Celtic:- Nick Feely; Stephen O’Donnell, Matty Hughes, Lewis Toshney, Kieran Brennan; Callum Bagshaw, Callum McGregor (Bahrudin Atajic 86mins), Jackson Irvine, Filip Twardzik, Patrik Twardzik; Tony Watt (Greig Spence 81mins)

Not Used:- Robbie Thomson (GK), Liam Gormley, Curtis Jones, Jordan Lowdon, Marcus Fraser

Saints Grab Late Winner

April 6, 2011

St.Mirren 2 Rangers 1

A goal in the final minute inflicted the second league defeat in a row for the Youth side at McKenna Park yesterday. It was also the second game where they failed to hold on to a half-time lead.

The game got off to a slow start and it wasn’t until the twentieth minute when we saw the first attempt at goal, Josh Horne breaking forward from full-back and shooting past the far post. Three minutes later Joel Kasabundi broke down the right and pass inside saw Craig Slater turn and shoot wide.

Five minutes later Rangers had their first shot at goal when Robbie Crawford passed inside to Adam Hunter who’s shot from 25 yards went wide. Just before the half-hour the home side had a chance from a free-kick just outside the box, Graeme Ramage powerful shot was parried by Wayne Drummond.  On 33 minutes it was a free-kick at the other end which Kal Naismith fired wide from 25 yards.

Seven minutes before the break Rangers were gifted the lead, Dominic Kennedy’s pass back was mis-controlled by keeper Adam McHugh and Rhys McCabe had the simple task to roll the ball home. Just before the break Andy Mitchell was fouled just outside the box and McHugh dived to his right to divert Naismith’s effort from the free-kick for a corner.

Half Time:- St.Mirren 0 Rangers 1

The home side came close to equalising  straight after the break, Ramage’s corner from the right broke to Jason Naismith inside the box and his shot came back of Drummond’s left hand post. Rangers replied when Naismith got a flick on to a Drummond clearance and McCabe’s shot was just too high.

Just before the hour good work on the left by Mark Lamont saw Bradley Coyne beat Drmmond to his cross and head narrowly over. The homes side grabbed an equalizer on 67 minutes, Mark Lamont cutting in from the right and shooting past Drummond from the edge of the box.

Ten minutes later a superb block from McHugh prevented Rangers regaining their lead, good work on the right hand byline by Sam McMahon and a great cross on to the head of Naismith looked certain to produce a goal until McHugh blocked with his legs at point-blank range. Rangers were to rue that miss in the final minute, Coyne robbed Kamil Wiktorski near the corner flag on the left and passed inside to Tom Reilly, who fed Graeme Ramage inside the box and he sidestepped a defender to shoot past Drummond.

Full-Time:- St.Mirren 2 Rangers 1

St.Mirren:- Adam McHugh; Josh Horne, Jason Naismith, Dominic Kennedy, Connor Cassisy; Joel Kasabundi (Tom Reilly 77mins), Jamie McKernon, Craig Slater (Declan Hughes 90mins) , Mark Lamont; Graeme Ramage, Bradley Coyne.

Not Used:- Michael McKinven(GK), Craeg Little, Gary Campbell, Sean Burns

Rangers:- Wayne Drummond; Kyle McAusland, Chris Hegarty, Kamil Wiktorski, Robbie McIntyre; Gordon Dick, Andy Mitchell (Sam McMahon 66mins), Adam Hunter (Ants Marenghi 84mins), Robbie Crawford; Rhys McCabe, Kal Naismith.

Not Used:- Gary Inglis (GK), Christiano Kisuka, Marc Dyer, Ewan McNeill, Gregor Fotheringham

17’s Play At Ibrox

April 4, 2011

Rangers 2 Dunfermline Athletic 1

Tonight it was the turn of the Under 17’s to turn out at Ibrox and again the opponents were Dunfermline Athletic. The Ibrox youngsters almost were made to pay for missed chances when Dunfermline scored with a late penalty.

Alan Kernaghan’s side got off to a great start taking the lead in the ninth minute, Fraser Aird’s cross from the right was deflected and when it bounced inside the box Omar Bogle was on hand to nod over keeper Ian McTurk. Two minutes later Aird was again the architect with a run and cross that found Marc Dyer at the back post and his net bound shot was blocked by Millen.

Just after the quarter-hour Dunfermline came with inches of scoring, a corner was cleared out of the penalty area only as far as Ross Dickson who crashed a shot of the crossbar with Liam Kelly beaten. Two minutes later and it was Rangers who were denied by the woodwork, Aird’s attempted through ball was deflected into the path of Dyer and his shot from the left hand angle of the box went across the keeper and rebounded from the post.

On 24 minutes good play on the left by Darren Ramsay set up a chance for Bogle inside the box with Craig McManus clearing off the line. From the resultant corner Bogle’s header was destined for the net until Millen popped up to clear from under is own crossbar.

Just before the half-hour Dyer sent Ramsay down the left, his cross was long and Aird returned it into the box where Bogle’s header was saved by McTurk.

Half-Time Rangers 1 Dunfermline Athletic 0

The first chance of the second half came eight minutes in, Matty Clarke broke down the left and played the ball to Dyer who nutmegged the full-back and cut the ball back to Ramsay who shot just wide. Just on the hour Gregor Fotheringham won the ball and played it Bogle who sent Dyer through but substitute keeper Mayne was quick off his line to block.

A minute later Rangers doubled their lead, a Liam Kelly clearance sent Omar Bogle clear and as he turned inside the defender his was brough down for a clear penalty, he stepped up to smash the ball past Mayne. The visitors almost replied straight away, Tony Byrne played in Fraser Moncrieff who’s shot hit Kelly’s right-hand post with Andy Murdoch on hand to clear.

Midway through the half Bogle sent Ramsay clear on the left and his low cross found Freddy Espling who’s shot was saved by Mayne at point-blank range. With seven minutes left The Pars pulled a goal back from the penalty spot, Tony Byrne played the ball through to Duncan who was bundled over inside the box and Millen stepped up to beat Sam George from the spot.

Full-Time:- Rangers 2 Dunfermline 1

Rangers Squad:- Liam Kelly(GK), Sam George (GK), Andy Murdoch, Matty Clarke, Scott Runsby, Jordan Wilson, Gregor Fotheringham, Adel Gafaiti, Darren Ramsay, Omar Bogle, Fraser Aird, Marc Dyer, Freddy Espling, Sam McMahon, Lee Cochrane, Callum Wyllie, Callum Gallagher, George Scott.

Dunfermline Athletic:- Ian McTurk (GK), Mayne (GK), Craig McManus, Reece Cochrane, Millen, Ross Dickson, Ross Drummond, Tony Byrne, Frser Moncrieff, Gordon Davison, Boyne, Liam Mercer, Jordan Glennie, Schiavone, Kyle Brown, Duncan.

Under 15’s Play at Ibrox

April 3, 2011

Rangers 8 Dunfermline Athletic 0

At the end of each season the youth sides usually get a chance to play one of their games at Ibrox, today it was the turn of the under 15’s and they proved too strong for their opponent’s from East End Park.

Rangers took the lead as early as the second minute when Tom Walsh tapped a free-kick to Ryan Sinnamon who’s twenty-five yarder gave the keeper no chance as it found the top corner. The young Gers doubled their lead just before the twenty-minute mark, Dylan Dykes corner from the left was volleyed home from close range by Greg Pascazio.

A minute later the visitor’s keeper was off his line to save from Glaody Ntumba after Dykes pass inside set up the chance. Five minutes before the end of the first thirty minute period Rangers scored again, Dykes won the ball in midfield before sending Danny Stoney clear to beat the keeper.

Two minutes into the second period it took a great clearance from George Gray underneath his own cross bar to prevent a chance for The Pars. On forty minutes Rangers thought they had grabbed a fourth, Stoney picked up a poor clearance and the bell went via Kjeld McIntyre to Scott Roberts on the right, his low cross was turned in by Ntumba but was ruled offside.

Ten minutes later Gray sent Luke Hammond clear on the right and his low cross saw Ntumba’s diving header go just wide. The visitor’s keeper then produced two fine saves before the end of the second period. First McIntyre played in Ntumba on the right, his low cross was  turned goalwards by Stoney, with the keeper diving to his right to save. Then he was at full stretch to tip  a Jamie Mills thirty yarder on to the crossbar.

Rangers then hit Dunfermline with two goals in the opening two minutes of the third period. A great run and low cross come shot from Dykes was turned in by the Andy Biddulph. Then good work on the right by Hammond saw him pass to McIntyre who’s spin took him past the defender to the byline and his low cross setup Ross Kellock to score from close range.

The sixth goal came when Robert McLardie’s ball over the top sent Andy Biddulph clear and his shot from just inside the right hand angle of the box beat the keeper. A massive Liam Kelly clearance went over the Dunfermline defence and Luke Hammond ran on to lob the keeper for the seventh.

The Pars keeper then had a superb double save, first he parried a long-range Ryan Sinnamon effort, and just when Tom Walsh looked certain to score from the rebound he managed to divert the ball wide. Scoring was complete in the final minute, Sinnamon sent Andy Biddulph clear, the keeper came off his line to make a fine save but the ball fell for Danny Stoney too shoot home.

Rangers Squad:- ????? Marron (GK), Liam Kelly (GK), George Gray, Ryan Sinnamon, Robert McLardie, Greg Pascazio, Lewis Martin, Scott Roberts, Tom Walsh, Gloady Ntumba, Dylan Dykes, Danny Stoney, Ross Kellock, Kjeld McIntyre, Luke Hammond, Jamie Mills, Andy Biddulph.

Dunfermline Squad:- Dunnett (GK), McPherson (GK), Cook, Reece Parker, Graham, Johnston, Dickson, Ryan Williamson, Scott Gray, Owen Tighe, Cowie, Helm, Moffatt, Lewis Spence, Sean Burton.

Second Half Collapse Dents League Hopes

April 1, 2011

Rangers 1 Hearts 4

A poor second half proved costly for Rangers Under 19’s at Murray park this afternoon, the win was enough to take their opponents to the top of the league. With both Kane Hemmings and Kal Naismith out injured the attacking burden was with  Christino Kisuka supported by Dylan McGeough.

The early chance came for the visitor’s after only two minutes and Wayne Drummond had to  stretch to tip Denis Prychenko’s free kick over the bar. Rangers then took the lead with their first attack five minutes later, Gordon Dick out on the right passed inside to Dylan McGeough who side-stepped a defender before shooting past Jack Hamilton from the edge of the box.

Hearts replied when Robert Ogilby broke from halfway and had an effort from just outside the box which Drummond saved comfortably. Midway through the half Rhys McCabe tried his luck from all of thirty yards which Jack Hamilton gathered at the second attempt.

Five minutes later and another long-range effort from Kamil Wiktorski had Jack Hamilton scrambling to turn the ball round his right hand post.The home side immediately had to make a change when McGeough limped off to be replaced by Ewan McNeil.

Ten minutes before the break Gordon Dick tested Jack Hamilton from a free-kick wide on the right which the Hearts keeper tipped over.

Two minutes later the Edinburgh side missed a great chance, Fraser Mullen and Jamie Walker combined on the right to send Mullen to the byline, the fullback’s cross was controlled on his chest by Ogilby and just when he looked likely to score he knocked the ball over the bar. Right on half-time Walker went past Steven Hetherington and hit the byline, His low cross was met by Ogilby at the near post but went just wide.

Half-Time:- Rangers 1 Hearts 0

Within four minutes of the restart Rangers found themselves behind, three minutes in David Smith sent the ball into the box from the left and Jason Holt had time to control the ball, turn and shoot past Drummond. A minute later Colin Hamilton rose to head a corner from the right goalwards, it appeared to be going just wide but it was handled by Hetherington at the far post, it was a clear penalty and a red card for the Rangers defender, Denis Prychenenko made no mistake from the spot.

Rangers were now up against it and only a fine save low to his right from Drummond denied Walker after Ogilby had laid the ball back into his path. Midway through the second half Hearts increased their lead, the ball was worked to Denis Prychenenko at the edge of the box and he sent an unstoppable shot high past Drummond.

Five minutes later following a free-kick to Rangers a quick break forward saw Jason Holt break from his own half, he evaded Kyle McAusland’s challenge to go on and fire past Drummond. It could have been worse two minutes later, Walker cut in from the right, his shot was parried by Drummond straight to Ogibly who screwed his shot wide.

The home side had created little after going down to ten men, with nine minutes left of the clock Sam McMahon got his head to Adam Hunter’s free-kick from the right which Jack Hamilton saved comfortably.

Full-Time:- Rangers 1 Hearts 4

Rangers:- Wayne Drummond; Kyle McAusland, Chris Hegarty, Darren Cole, Steven Hetherington; Gordon Dick, Kamil Wiktorski (Sam McMahon 55mins), Rhys McCabe, Robbie Crawford; Christiano Kisuka (Adam Hunter 76mins), Dylan McGeough (Ewan McNeil 28mins).

Not Used:- Gary Inglis (GK), Andy Mitchell, Anthony Marenghi, Gregor Fotheringham

Hearts:- Jack Hamilton; Fraser Mullen, Jamie McCormack, Colin Hamilton, Kevin McHattie; Jordan Morton (Chris Kane 37mins), Jason Holt, Denis Prychnenko, David Smith; Robert Ogilby (Billy King 87mins), Jamie Walker (Chris Tobin 78mins)

Not Used:- Connor Fairley (GK), Callum Patterson