Celtic 1 Rangers 1
Rangers under 19’s finished with a draw against Celtic at Lennoxtown this morning which means they have finished in a disappointing fifth place in the table. At a very cold Lennoxtown and from not the best viewing position, through a mesh fence I saw Rangers take an early lead, with the home side equalising before half time. Celtic dominated possession after the break but clear chances were few and the game ended all square.
Rangers took the lead with the first real effort on goal from either side after twelve minutes, Barrie McKay made good progress on the right and when his cross was cleared from the penalty area it was picked up by Kamil Wiktorski who’s twenty-five yarder took a slight deflection and beat Leonardo Fasan low at his right hand post. Midway through the half Bahrudin Atajic played the ball out to Darnell Fisher on the right, the full-back cut inside before sending a shot just wide of Liam Kelly’s right hand post.
The home side equalised ten minutes before the break, Callum McGregor broke forward from midfield and as the Rangers defenders backed off he shot past Liam Kelly from the edge of the penalty area.
Half-Time:- Celtic 1 Rangers 1
The home side had the territorial advantage after the break although there was almost an hour played before they threatened Rangers goal, Bahrudin Atajic’s cross from the left breaking off a Rangers defender to James Alabi but the striker shot straight at Liam Kelly. Celtic continued to dominate with Rangers defending well and keeping chances to a minimum.
As the game entered the final seven minutes Rangers keeper Liam Kelly was called into action, diving to his left to touch Callum McGregor’s shot from the edge of the box wide of his left hand post. With a couple of minutes remaining Celtic’s final chance was probably their best, the ball was worked out to Darnell Fisher on the right, he made for the byline and his cross found James Herron unmarked on the edge of the six yard box but the midfielder headed over.
Full-Time:- Celtic 1 Rangers 1
Celtic:- Leonardo Fasan; Darnell Fisher, Marcus Fraser, Curtis Jones, Joe Chalmers; John Herron, Lewis Kidd, Jackson Irvine, Callum McGregor, Bahrudin Atajic; James Alabi (Denny Johnstone 83mins)
Rangers:- Liam Kelly; Gregor Fotheringham, Kyle McAusland, Adel Gafaiti, Matty Clarke; Darren Ramsay (Jordan Wilson 68mins), Andy Murdoch, Kamil Wiktorski, Robbie Crawford, Fraser Aird; Barrie McKay
Not Used:- Sam George (Gk), Tom Skogsrud, Kim Skogsrud, Lewis McLeod, Jamie Burrows Aaron McGregor.
Rangers 7 Queens Park 1
I took in Rangers under 13’s game on a cold night at Murray Park on Thursday, the Hampden youngsters were in the game until losing a few goals towards the end of the final thirty minute period.
Rangers took the lead when a Grant Nelson pass sent Sam Jamieson clear and he beat the keeper with a neat lob as he came from his goal. It was into the second period before Rangers scored again, Jamie Barjonas collecting the ball at the edge of the box and sending an unstoppable shot past the keeper.
Rangers third was created by some good play on the right from Jordan Houston and when his cross came into the box it was controlled at the back post by Kieran Moore before he netted from close range. The visitor’s the replied with an attack down the right and when the ball was cleared to the edge of the box it was fired past Kieran Wright into the net.
Rangers fourth came when Rangers were awarded a free -kick at the edge of the box, the Queen’s Park keeper did well to touch Lewis Ferguson’s effort on to the bar, but was helpless as Grant Nelson netted the rebound. A good passing move which saw the ball move from Kieran Moore via Grant Nelson and on to Lewis Ferguson with the Rangers midfielder scoring from the edge of the box.
The next goal was created by some good wide play from Jordan Houston and when he crossed into the box a superb Grant Nelson lay off setup Sam Jamieson to shoot past the keeper. The final goal came following a scramble in the visitor’s box, shots from Lewis Ferguson and Grant Nelson before it fell kindly for Sam Jamieson to fire into the net. When Sam Jamieson was fouled inside the box it gave Rangers a chance to add to their tally but Kyle McAllister’s penalty hit the crossbar.
Rangers Squad:- Kieran Wright (Gk), Adam Baird, Liam Burt, Wallace Duffy, Aiden Wilson, Jason Krones, Ross Brown, Lewis Ferguson, Sam Jamieson, Jamie Barjonas, Grant Nelson, Jordan Houston, Kyle McAllister, Euan McMillan, Kieran Moore.