Archive for December, 2012

Ex-Rangers In The Third Divsion

December 28, 2012

With the younger age groups on their winter break and the recent trend for older youth games to be “CLOSED DOOR”. I was thinking about a wee article to keep the blog ticking over.

This season’s journey in the third division has been interesting in many ways, one aspect that may not spring to the attention of most fans is the “former Rangers” in the oppositions ranks. So I have tried to highlight those that I remember or just heard of, I may have stretched the Rangers link in one or two cases, but in these cases I did see them play for “Rangers”

Apologies for anyone I’ve missed, I am sure there will be someone.

Annan Athletic

Scott Chaplain – Former Rangers youth player who wasn’t offered a pro contract.  He has been a regular around the SFL since, making over 300 appearances for six different clubs.

Chris Jardine – Annan’s longest serving player joined Rangers along with Ross Milligan, Mark Nicol and Barry Nicholson all from the Dumfries area. Signed for Annan for life when the chairman secured him a ticket for the UEFA Cup Final in Manchester.

Berwick Rangers

Devon Jacobs – Made the newspapers when he joined Rangers along with his triplet brothers Sheldon and Kyle. Came from the same boys club team as Darren Cole, Danny Wilson and Rhys McCabe. All three brothers were released by Rangers and joined elder brother Keaghan at Livingston.

Clyde

Sean Fitzharris –  Sean was at Rangers until under 15’s, he moved to Celtic when Gregg Wylde came in the opposite direction. Came back to haunt us by scoring in the 2010 Youth Cup Final.

Kieran Macdonald – Another who was at both halves of the Old Firm, started with Rangers before moving to Celtic and then on to Motherwell.

East Stirling

Kevin Turner – Not a player I remember at Rangers but I don’t doubt the reports saying he was at the club.

Montrose

Jamie Winter – He was at Rangers from the age of 12 to 16 but I believe he chose to sign for Leeds United at 16. Never made the first team in his time at Elland Road and then had a short spell at Aberdeen. As a sub in this season’s game at Ibrox nailed his colours to the mast with a bit of banter with the crowd.

Leighton McIntosh – On loan at Montrose from Dundee, he was interesting both halves of the Old Firm. I saw him play and score for Rangers against Motherwell, opted to remain at Dundee and signed his first pro contract there.

Craig McLeish – Craig was at Rangers at the younger age groups and released around U14’s, more associated with Falkirk as a youth player.

Peterhead

Darren Kelly – A youth player at Rangers who was on the fringes of the youth team when released. He had spells at Hibs and St.Johnstone before dropping out the seniors before stepping up again and signing for Peterhead this year.

Queen’s Park

Ian Watt –  “Chuckie” was highly rated as a youngster at Rangers and formed a potent strike force with John Fleck at the younger age groups. Capped at youth level he then missed a long period through injury. It’s fair to say he also had a few off field issues and was eventually released.

Blair Spittal – 17 year old Blair recently made his Queen’s Park debut as a substitute. He came through the Rangers system at the younger age groups alongside the likes of Darren Ramsay and Stuart Urquhart. Since being released a couple of years ago he has blossomed at Queens Park and impressed in games against Rangers.

Lawrence Shankland – I might be stretching it a bit to include Lawrence and I’m not even sure I seen him play. I have been assured he had an extended trial before it was decided not to sign him. Now a regular at Queens Park, and if rumours are to be believed Rangers are watching his progress.

Stirling Albion

Jordan White – On loan from Falkirk, Jordan was at Rangers before moving to Dunfermline.

Bradley Coyne – Son of Tommy, wasn’t a signed Rangers player but I did see him play a couple of trial games at centre back around U14’s . Later played for St.Mirren and was a decent striker at U19 level.

So it looks like  Elgin City are the only club that don’t have a former Ranger in their squad.

13’s Beat The Weather And Accies

December 9, 2012

Hamilton Accies 1 Rangers 3

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Rangers survived a late scare to go on and continue their winning sequence at Ravenscraig this afternoon. With all other age group games postponed the under 13’s beat the weather with a game against Hamilton Accies at Ravenscraig’s indoor pitch.

Rangers had an early chance when Matthew Shiels was played through after only two minutes but the striker shot wide of the keeper’s left hand post. The home side replied with an attack down the left and when the shot came in Lewis Muir dived to his left to clutch the ball out of the air.

Rangers took the lead after seven minutes, Carlo Pigniatello picked out Stephen Kelly’s run into the right side of the box and when his low cross arrived at the back post it was knocked over his own goal line by an Accies defender, under pressure from Matthew Shiels for and Own Goal. Accies replied immediately and when they attacked down the right Lewis Muir was quick from his line to block the shot.

Five minutes into the second period Stephen Kelly found Dylan Patterson inside the box and his attempted lob had the Accies keeper stretching to save underneath his crossbar. Ten minutes later Rangers should have doubled their lead. From a free-kick on the right hand angle of the box and with the home side expecting it to be delivered into the box, Scott Gray ‘s pass sent Stephen Kelly towards the byline, his cross found Zak Rudden unmarked at the back post but he headed wide of the post.

Zak Rudden and Stephen Kelly then exchanged passes before setting up a shooting chance for Dylan Patterson that the home keeper saved low his left. Rangers did increase their lead eight minutes into the final period, Scott Gray’s free-kick from close to the corner flag on the right was headed into the net by Jordan Houston. With seven minute remaining Accies reduced the deficit, Lewis Muir lost possession inside his own penalty area and Aidan Lafferty side-stepped the keeper before finding the net.

The home side then had a great chance to equalise four minutes later, an attack on the left side of the penalty area was halted when Cammy Wray sent the Accies player tumbling for a clear penalty, Aidan Lafferty stepped up but Lewis Muir dived to his left to produce a fine save. Rangers immediately capitalised on that let off when Jordan Houston rose to head Carlo Pigniatello’s corner from the right past the keeper.

Full-Time:- Hamilton Accies 1 Rangers 3

Hamilton Starting Lineup:- Josh Wray (Gk), Matthew Innes, Leon McCann, Tyler Tobin, Max Potter, Martin Beattie, Sean Slavin, Kieran Campbell, Aidan Lafferty, Stefan Connelly, Lewis Smith.

Rangers Squad:- Lewis Muir (Gk), Jack Pow, Scott Gray, Jordan Houston, Cammy Wray, Cammy Palmer, Carlo Pigniatello, Stephen Kelly, Matthew Shiels, Scott Blacklaw, Dylan Patterson, Aaron Mooney, Zak Rudden.