Youth Friendlies

Rangers 2 Hamilton Accies 1

The first of two friendlies took place at Murray Park this afternoon, I would have liked to have been in attendance but as I can’t drive for the next week I was dependant on others who may attend giving me a lift. I did get details of the team and scorers but a five-minute detour would have meant I could have been there rather being stuck at home with Bargain Hunt and At The Races.

Goals from Callum Gallagher & Barrie McKay was enough to secure a 2-1 win.

Rangers:- Blair Currie; Adel Gafaiti, Tom Skogsrud, Jordan Wilson, Kyle McAusland, Kamil Wiktorski, Barrie McKay, Aaron McGregor, Callum Gallagher (Jamie Burrows), Ants Marenghi, Robbie McIntyre (Glody Ntumba).

Rangers 4 East Stirling 1

The second game was tonight and again at Murray Park, fortunately someone remembered that despite two cars outside the house driving isn’t an option for the next week and he duly arrived to take me to Murray Park, and I didn’t have to watch Bradford City and Sheffield Wednesday.

I didn’t have to wait long for a goal when after only two minutes Sam McMahon picked the ball up on the left hand side of the box and sent a shot high over the keeper into the top corner. McMahon looked certain to double his tally on eighteen minutes, the East Stirling keeper dived to his right to parry Adam Hunter’s 25 yarder, the big striker latched on to the rebound only for the keeper to make a fantastic block at point-blank range to divert the ball over the crossbar.

Ranger did increase their lead eight minutes later, Danny O’Rourke sent Jack Werndly clear on the right with a superb pass, he turned inside as defender before firing into the far corner. Five minutes later the same players combined again, this time O’Rourke switched play from right to left and Werndly went past a defender before bringing out a fine save from the keeper at his near post.

Rangers grabbed a third five minutes later, Hunter rolled a free-kick from out on the left touch-line inside to Callum Wyllie who sent a shot from all of thirty yards into the bottom corner. Four minutes before the break Hunter’s cross from the right saw East Stirling’s centre-half slice his clearance past his own keeper for an Own Goal.

Half-Time:- Rangers 4 East Stirling 0

Ten minutes after the break a great passing move ended when McMahon’s shot was touched on to his right hand post by the visitor’s keeper. The keeper was again in action this time diverting Matty Clarke’s effort for a corner after the full-back’s run took his past a couple of defenders. Midway through the half McMahon set off on a run before feeding Freddy Espling on the right, from his pass across the box Werndly looked certain to score but his effort from around eight yards clipped the crossbar on the way over.

With just under 20 minutes remaining East Stirling pulled a goal back, a free-kick from wide on the right had Sam George stretching and the linesman judged the ball had crossed the line as the Rangers keeper clutched it under his crossbar.On 75 minutes Espling’s cutback from the byline on right gave McMahon a great chance and only a last-ditch challenge from a defender diverted the ball wide.

With seven minutes left on the clock the visitors came close again, this time a free-kick from the right has George stretching again and the ball rebounded off the bar to safety.

Full-Time:- Rangers 4 East Stirling 1

Rangers:- Liam Kelly (Sam George 67mins); Andy Murdoch (Kris Gibson 61mins), Gregor Fotherinham, Luca Gasparotto (Freddy Espling 61mins), Matty Clarke; Danny O’Rourke, Callum Wyllie, Adam Hunter, Marc Dyer; Sam McMahon, Jack Werndly.

Luca Gasparotto commits to Glasgow Rangers

Performance Sports Group are pleased to announce that Luca Gasparotto has agreed a three-year deal with Glasgow Rangers.

A product of several Canadian Youth Soccer clubs (Ajax SC, SC Toronto), Luca will begin in late August and will be a member of the U17 Academy squad.

Hard work, belief and a commitment to try and improve has been Luca’s trademark.

Luca Gaparotto with Fraser Aird

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