Archive for October, 2012

Easy Win For 16’s

October 30, 2012

Rangers 8 Dundee United 0

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A Rangers under 16’s squad supplemented with three under 17’s had an easy win against Dundee United at Murray Park tonight. Ryan Hardie who came on as a late substitute for Scotland in last Friday’s Victory Shield match was on top form scoring five goals.

Like the reserves the previous night the Rangers youngsters hit their opponents with an early goal flurry, there was barely two minutes on the clock when they took the lead. Scott Lochrie played the ball to Andy McKinnon on the right, he bore in on goal before squaring to Ryan Hardie who had the simple task of knocking the ball into the net. Just over five minutes later Rangers increased their lead, Ryan Hardie latched on to a short pass back before rounding the keeper and scoring from a narrow angle.

Before the game had reached the quarter-hour mark Rangers scored a third, Scott Lochrie swung in a corner from the left and David Brownlie rose to head past the keeper. Three minutes later the fourth goal followed, Adam Wilson sent Andy McKinnon through in the inside right channel and he carried on into the box before beating the keeper.

A shell-shocked Dundee United had their first effort on goal just before the half-hour, a corner from the left was sent to the back post and the resultant header was narrowly wide. Rangers were soon back on the attack and eight minutes before the break Ryan Hardie scored the goal of the night, sent through on an Adam Wilson pass he calmly chipped the ball over the advancing keeper and into the net.

There was still time for Rangers to score a sixth goal before the half-time whistle and it came from another Scott Lochrie corner from the left, this time sent to the back post where David Brownlie headed his second of the match.

Half-Time:- Rangers 6 Dundee United 0

United started the second period with an attack down the left and when the shot came in Robbie McCrorie dived to his right to turn the ball wide for a corner. The visitors were having their best spell of the game and just before the hour mark an attack through the middle was thwarted when Robbie McCrorie was quick from his line to save at the striker’s feet. Rangers immediately went down the other end and increased their lead, Junior Ogen’s pass sent Ryan Hardie through on the left side of the box and he coolly slotted the ball past the keeper.

A few minutes later Robbie McCrorie in the Rangers goal was called into to action again, saving low to his left after United broke through on the left hand side of the box. At the other end Lewis Morgan brought out the best from the United keeper who dived to his right to tip over his shot from just outside the box.

Rangers eighth and final goal came with just over fifteen minutes remaining, Ben Reilly sent Lewis Morgan clear on the right, a United defender’s challenge denied Junior Ogen as they challenged to meet the low cross, but the ball broke to Ryan Hardie who fired home from eight yards. The visitors never gave up and were denied twice by Robbie McCrorie before the final whistle, following a corner from the left and a shot through a crowd of players the keeper saved low to his left, then after a run along the left hand byline he stood tall to block at the near post.

Full-Time:- Rangers 8 Dundee United 0

Rangers:- Robbie McCrorie; Ben Reilly, Ross McCrorie, David Brownlie, Sam Liddington (Lewis White 60mins); Andy McKinnon (Josh Jeffries 60 mins), Junior Ogen, Scott Lochrie (Kjeld McIntyre HT), Chris McDonald (Lewis Morgan HT); Adam Wilson (Max Ashmore 60mins); Ryan Hardie.

Youths Safely Through

October 21, 2012

Queen’s Park 0 Rangers 4

Rangers youths safely negotiated their passage to the next round of the youth cup with a comfortable win over Queen’s Park at Lesser Hampden this afternoon. The home side were still in the game until Rangers second goal after seventy minutes, Rangers then pulled away and could have added another couple of goals.

The first half was a fairly even midfield contest with little goalmouth action and more than half an hour had passed when Darren Ramsay’s crossfield path found Tom Walsh on the left, the midfielder cut inside before firing a shot narrowly over. A couple of minutes later the home side came close to taking the lead, from a corner on the left the  ball was headed goalwards with Tom Walsh clearing from the goal line at the back post.

Five minutes before the break Rangers took the lead, Darren Ramsay sent in a free-kick from the left which looked likely to be gathered by the home keeper he appeared to clash with his own defender before losing his grip on the ball giving Luca Gasparotto the simple task of rolling the ball into the empty net. The visitors came close to doubling their lead before the half-time whistle, a quick break following a Queen’s Park corner saw the ball move from Darren Ramsay to Charlie Telfer, his pass played Andy Murdoch through with the home keeper making a fine save.

Half-Time:- Queen’s Park 0 Rangers 1

The home side were still in the game but it was Rangers who were looking more likely to find the net, just over ten minutes of the half had elapsed when Darren Ramsay collected Andy Murdoch’s pass close to the byline on the right. He cut inside past two defenders before forcing a fine save from the Queen’s keeper low to his left. Just past the midway point of the second-half Rangers doubled their lead, when the ball was played forward into the box substitute Craig Halkett controlled it on his chest bust was crowded out before he could get a shot away but the ball broke for Callum Gallagher to shoot low past the keeper.

Rangers continued to press forward and when Craig Halkett laid the ball out to Darren Ramsay on the left he cut inside before firing just wide of the keeper’s left hand post. As the game entered the final six minutes Rangers grabbed a third, Darren Ramsay was the creator with some good play on the left before passing inside to Jamie Burrows who side-stepped a defender before beating the keeper from the edge of the box.

A ball over the top of the Queen’s park defence seemed certain to produce a fourth as Craig Halkett was one-on-one with the keeper, as the striker tried to pick his spot he was denied by a fine save. He was to get his goal in injury time, Andy Murdoch made his was to the byline on the left and his pass across goal allowed Craig Halkett to net from a couple of yards.

Full-Time:- Queen’s Park 0 Rangers 4

Rangers:- Blair Currie; Ryan Sinnamon, Luca Gasparotto, Greg Pascazio, Matty Clarke; Charlie Telfer (Jamie Burrows HT), Kamil Wiktorski, Andy Murdoch, Tom Walsh (Craig Halkett 60 mins); Darren Ramsay (Jordan Wilson 84mins); Callum Gallagher.

Not Used:- Robbie McCrorie (Gk), Stuart Urquhart.

17’s Coast To Glasgow Cup Win

October 10, 2012

Rangers 10 Clyde o

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Clyde were no match for a Rangers under 17 side that hit top form at Murray Park tonight, in the end it proved a bit of a mismatch with Rangers hitting double figures.

Rangers opened the scoring after only five minutes, Ryan Hardie was the creator with a run down the right and Adam Wilson didn’t have to break stride to meet his pass inside and fire past the keeper. Four minutes later it was two, Gloady Ntumba picked up a loose ball inside the box near the byline on the right and beat the keeper with a shot from a narrow angle.

Only another four minutes had elapsed when Tom Walsh’s pass split the defence and Gloady Ntumba raced clear to slot home the third. Rangers continued on the attack with Tom Walsh sending Jamie Mills towards the byline on the left, from his cross the visitor’s keeper did well to parry Gloady Ntumba’s header.

The keeper was called into action again in the twenty-fifth minute, the ball was worked from centre to left via Dylan Dykes and Adam Wilson onto Andy McKinnon, with the keeper turning is shot wide of his right hand post. It was another attack down the left that saw the keeper making a brave save, Andy McKinnon sent Jamie Mills down the left and when his pass found Dylan Dykes breaking into the box the Clyde keeper saved at the midfielder’s feet.

Third time lucky with an attack down the left and Rangers scored a fourth, Andy McKinnon again sent the overlapping Jamie Mills clear, this time his cross was pinpoint and Dylan Dykes headed home. The next chance came from a Ryan Hardie solo run, moving across the edge of the box from right to left ending with a chip over the keeper that was just too high.

Half-Time:- Rangers 4 Clyde 0

Barely sixty seconds into the second-half Rangers increased their lead, Andy McKinnon was the architect with a run and cross on the left and a bullet header from Gloady Ntumba completed his hat-trick. A superb run from Dylan Dykes took him past defenders into the box and when he played the ball across the six yard box only a brilliant defensive challenge denied Ryan Hardie.

On the hour mark substitute Junior Ogen sent Ryan Hardie clear to round the keeper and stroke the ball into the net. Five minutes later Jamie Mills cut in from the left and his pass into the box broke to Junior Ogenwho side-stepped the keeper before scoring.

Midway through the half Kjeld McIntyre sent Ryan Sinnamon down the right, the full back cut inside before curling a superb shot past the keeper and in to the net at the far post. With ten minutes remaining Clyde had their best chance of the match, from a corner from the left the ball was headed just wide of Liam Kelly’s right hand post.

The Rangers side showed no mercy by going straight up the other end and scoring again, Jamie Mills sent a cross in from the left and with Andy McKinnon challenging the ball was missed by both him and the Clyde keeper and ended up in the corner of the net. The scoring was complete with Ryan Hardie breaking into the box on the right, his chip came back off the far post but into the path of Ally Berry who fired into the net.

Full-Time:- Rangers 10 Clyde 0

Rangers:- Liam Kelly; Ryan Sinnamon, David Brownlie, Greg Pascazio, Jamie Mills; Ryan Hardie, Dylan Dykes,Tom Walsh (Ally Berry 63mins), Andy McKinnon; Adam Wilson (Junior Ogen HT); Gloady Ntumba (Kjeld McIntyre 54mins).

Not Used:- Jamie Wilson (Gk), Ben Reilly.

Comfortable Win For 15’s

October 9, 2012

Rangers 4 Stehousemuir 0

Rangers under 15’s had a comfortable win over Stenhousemuir at Murray Park tonight. There was little goalmouth action early on and there was seventeen minutes on the clock when George Bowyer headed a Gary McGreish corner from the left goalwards only to see it cleared from the line at the back post. When the ball was cleared from the box Max Ashmore’s pass through the defence found Reece Duncan free inside the box to shoot past the keeper.

A minute later Reece Duncan broke forward from midfield and his shot from around twenty-five yards was only just too high. It was another long-range effort that tested the visitor’s keeper just less than ten minutes later, good play by Max Ashmore saw him win the ball and go past two defenders before going for goal, with the keeper  saving comfortably.

Rangers doubled their lead on the half-hour mark and it was a solo effort from Ross McCrorie, breaking through the middle he went past a defender into the box and fired past the keeper from around the penalty spot. A third goal arrived before the half-time break, Max Ashmore’s attempted through ball broke off a defender into the path of Reece Duncan who fired home.

Half-Time:- Rangers 3 Stenhousemuir 0

Just over ten minutes into the second-half Rangers fourth goal arrived and it was similar to their third, this time Reece Duncan’s attempted pass into the box broke to Daniel Bonner off a defender and the striker beat the keeper with a calm finish. Rangers came close to adding another from Cammy Price’s free-kick from the left Jamie Barjonas was just wide with a header.

With ten minutes remaining Stenhousemuir hand their best chance of the night, a free kick from halfway found its way to a Stenhousemuir player free inside the box, his miss hit shot went across goal to a colleague in an even better position but he shot over. Rangers had the final worthwhile effort on goal, Josh Jeffries fed Jack Gilmour on the right and when his cross was headed out of the box by a defender Jamie Barjonas fired it back and the keeper gathered at the second attempt.

Full-Time:- Rangers 4 Stenhousemuir 0

Rangers Squad:- Robbie McCrorie (Gk), Rhys Young, Cammy Price, Ross McCrorie, George Bowyer, Regan Milne, Garry McGreish, Max Ashmore, John Cunningham, Josh Jeffries, Reece Duncan, Daniel Bonner, Jack Gilmour, Jamie Barjonas.

Stefan Winiarski Testimonal

October 7, 2012

Kelty Hearts 1 Rangers 1

A Rangers under 18 side with Blair Currie in goal secured a draw with Kelty Hearts in Stefan Winiarski’s Testimonial at Central Park, Kelty this afternoon.

The home side had the better of the opening exchanges and an attack down the right created the first opportunity with Blair Currie saving low to his right. The Rangers keeper was in action again on the quarter-hour mark when the home side worked their way to the byline on the right, when the ball was cutback a goal looked certain until Blair Currie diverted the ball wide of his left hand post.

The goal was only delayed sixty seconds and following another attack down the right when the ball was crossed into the box Craig Halkett headed clear, but it was met on the half-volley at the edge of the box and the ball found the net through a crowded penalty area. Rangers first real effort on goal came around the half-hour mark when trialist Travis Gregory picked the ball up around thirty yards from goal left of centre, he cut inside and stepped forward before testing the keeper from the edge of the box.

A few minutes before the break the home keeper was called upon again, this time it was Jamie Burrows cutting in from the right past a defender before forcing a save from the keeper low to his left.

Half-Time:- Kelty Hearts 1 Rangers 0

The second half had a similar start to the first with the home side having the upper hand, from an attack down the left Blair Currie had to be alert to save at his near post. A carbon copy attack a few minutes later had a similar outcome, this Blair Currie parried the powerful shot at his near post.

Rangers replied with an attack down their left, Jamie Mills played a one-two with Danny Stoney and his cross to the back post was headed back across goal by Stuart Urquhart and wide of the post.A minute later Dylan Dykes gained possession on the right hand side of the box and the Kelty keeper saved low to his right.

With just over fifteen minutes on the clock Rangers got back on level terms via the penalty spot, when the pass was played into the box from the right Danny Stoney turned the defender and was fouled. Dylan Dykes stepped up fire the ball  to the keeper’s left and it found the net despite the keepers valiant effort.

With five minutes remaining only a superb save denied Rangers a winner, when the ball was played through on the right side of the box Danny Stoney won possession as the defender tried to shepherd the ball back, from his shot the keeper somehow diverted the ball onto the bar and over.

Full-Time:- Kelty Hearts 1 Rangers 1

Rangers:- Blair Currie; Ryan Sinnamon, Craig Halkett, Stuart Urquhart, Jordan Wilson; Gloady Ntumba, Dylan Dykes, Josh Wilkins, Jamie Burrows; Danny Stoney; Travis Gregory.

Subs:- Liam Kelly, Kris Gibson, Jamie Mills, Greg Pazcazio.

Rolling subs used in second half, all subs came on, will some of those replaced replacing others later.

Murray Park Graduates

October 3, 2012

I was recently asked the question, how many players have moved up to senior ranks from Murray Park ? So it got me thinking and here is what I’ve come up with. Firstly the criteria I used was, they had played for a youth team at Murray Park since it opened for the youth teams in the Autumn of 2001. This means players such as Stephen Hughes and Alan McGregor for example are not included as they made the step up just before the facility opened.

The second thing I did was separate those that came through the system and those that came to the club a wee bit later. The cut off I decided on for this was if they played U17 or below then they came through the system. Those that came to the club as U18 or U19 players are in the second group. I make it 28 players in the first category and 10 in the second group.

There is no doubt I have probably missed somebody so apologies in advance. Most of you will know most of them but there may be one or two wee surprises, so here goes.

Charlie AdamWas at Dundee before joining Rangers, became a semi regular and had some great nights for Rangers. Moved on to Blackpool, Liverpool and now Stoke. Current International.

Fraser Aird – Most recent “graduate” and has impressed in his recent first team games. Just gets into this category having moved to Rangers as an U17 player, although due to registration rules could only play in friendlies. Represented Canada at youth level but has now changed is allegiance to Scotland.

Tom Brighton – One first team appearance for Rangers, man-of-the match in Clyde’s shock Scottish Cup win against Celtic. Been around a few clubs and now at Irvine Meadow, where he scored a hat-trick against Gala Fairydean in Scottish Cup first round.

Chris Burke Played almost 100 games for Rangers before moving to Cardiff City where he broke the century of appearances before moving to Birmingham City. He has been capped twice for Scotland.

Darren Cole –  Still at the club but appears to be injured at the moment as he hasn’t played in any recent games. Only top team appearance was of course in the away tie to Bursaspor in Champions League.

Robbie Crawford – Another recent debutant Robbie has been a favourite of mine watching him come through the age groups. skilful two footed player I look forward to watching him progress in the next few seasons.

Bob Davidson Formed a potent strike partnership with Ross McCormack through the age groups. Played twice for the first team before moving to Dundee where he had a decent couple of seasons.Not been in senior ranks since playing for Clyde as a trialist in October 2009.

Andy Dowie Central defender Andy captained Rangers at youth level and made one first team appearance. Has since played over 200 games over four clubs, Partick Thistle, Stranraer, Ross County and Dunfermline Athletic.

Darryl Duffy Featured in the recent “My Blue Heaven” follow-up programme. Played for the first team against Dundee United after a successful spell at Falkirk he has been a football nomad since.From Bristol Rovers in the south to Hibs in the north and few points in-between, he is currently at Cheltenham Town.

Paul Emslie – Aberdonian Paul made on first team appearance in a League Cup tie against East Fife, now playing with Highland League side Cove Rangers.

John Fleck Never quite fulfilled the promise although did make over forty appearances and at only 22 he still has time to progress. Moved on to Coventry City in the summer with Rangers receiving a development fee.

Kane Hemmings– Came as an U17 from Tamworth and scored twice in Glasgow Cup Final against Celtic. Had knee problems over the last year and hopefully the latest operation will get him back playing and pushing for a first team place again.

Alan Hutton – Probably the most successful graduate, firmly established first team player then a big money move to Spurs. Now out of favour at Aston Villa but still a Scotland regular.

Kyle Hutton – Made a few appearances including famously against Manchester United in Champions League. Mysteriously out of favour this season after featuring in first few games, now back in the side and looking likely to feature regularly.

Stevie Lennon – A hat-trick in the 2007 youth cup final, Stevie played three times for the first team. Has since played in League of Ireland at Welsh club Newport County and is currently in Iceland.

Alan Lowing – A team-mate of Stevie Lennon’s at Fram in Iceland. Alan played five first team games including a European tie against Partizan Belgrade.

Gary MacKenzie – Two first team appearances for centre back Gary before successful periods at first Dundee and the MK Dons has seen him get a call up for a recent Scotland Squad.

Lewis McLeod – Anyone that watched Lewis progress through the age groups could see he would play for the first team. Circumstances has meant it has possible come a wee bit early, but he has proved more than worth his place in the side.

Rhys McCabe – Probably the one whose decision to leave disappointed me most. He could really have been a Rangers great and is young enough to get a career move a few years down the line.

Ross McCormack – Surprisingly released by Paul Le Guen, he proved himself first at Motherwell to earn a move to the Championship. Cardiff City and Leeds United have had the benefit of his goals in recent seasons. Most memorable Rangers moment was his goal in Porto.

Jordan McMillan So highly rated as a youngster he was seen as a possible future Rangers captain. Never quite had the physical presence to play in what I felt was his best position, centre back. A few appearances over a period of time before moving on to Dunfermline Athletic.

Kal Naismith – Another of this season’s debutants who scored his first goal against Forres. Certainly has the talent now just needs to prove he has the desire and the attitude.

Jamie Ness – Came to Rangers from Kilmarnock at U14 and looked a class act from then on. Injuries meant his first team games were fewer than they should have been. Opted to leave the club in the summer.

Ross Perry The older of this season’s “youngsters”, after missing pre-season now established in centre defence. A loan spell at Oxford United a couple of years ago helped his development.

Andrew Shinnie – Every time he seemed sure to make a real breakthrough injury struck, and he has not really been injury free since moving to ICT. Only played a couple of times when he seemed sure to have played more often.

Steven Smith –  Now playing in MLS with Portland Timbers. Had a break through season before injury struck, eventually got back and played over 50 first team games for Rangers.

Danny Wilson – Destined to make the breakthrough from a very young age. I would like to have seen him stay at the club a bit longer before moving to Liverpool where he has failed to make the break through.

Gregg Wylde – Came to Rangers from Celtic at U15 with Sean Fitzharris moving in the opposite direction. Made around forty appearances before deciding to leave the club when they went into administration.

The second group we couldn’t really claim they came through the youth system, but they did come to the club as youth players.

Moses Ashikodi– Released by West Ham United he signed a six month contract with Rangers in January 2006. Came on as a very, very late sub against Celtic at Parkhead in April of that year. Now playing for Ebsfleet United.

Thomas Kind Bendiksen – Rangers paid around £90,000 to Norwegian club Harstad IL for Thomas’s services. After looking a real prospect in the youth team an injury spell lasting almost two years halted his progress. Eventually made the first team but after a few games he turned down a new contract and returned to Tromso in Norway.

Bajram FetaiProbably best know for his goal celebration when he scored for Nordsjaelland against Silkeborg, which became a You Tube hit. Rangers signed him from Danish club B93 and he made one first team appearance.

Dean Furman – Released by Chelsea another that made a single first team appearance for Rangers, currently captain of Oldham Athletic.

Chris Hegarty – Northern Ireland U21 International who signed for Rangers from Millwall, excellent season at U19 which earned him another contract. Renewed again this season and made his debut against Falkirk.

Andy Little – Well established first team player and regular goal scorer. And signed from Ballinmallard United, play for and against Rangers in two different games on the same day.

Rory Loy Moved to Rangers from Kilmarnock for a fee decided by a tribunal. Seemed to be over looked on occasions despite scoring on a regular basis for reserves. Moved to Carlisle and recently been back at Murray Park for treatment as he recovers from a broken leg.

Barrie McKay– A product of Kilmarnock’s youth system, but they decided against offering a contract when something showed up in his medical. Initially joined Rangers on trial and was one of the few highlights in last season’s U19’s. Made first team debut against St Johnstone in the last game of last season.

Andy Mitchell – Signed a two-year contract after being released by Manchester City. Made his debut against Dundee United last season and signed a new contract this summer.

Lee Robinson Goalkeeper Lee made one sub appearance for twelve minutes against Hearts. Signed for Rangers after being released by Sunderland. Saved a penalty in for his current club Queen Of The South in the Ramsdens Cup shoot out against Rangers.