Archive for December, 2013

Hard Fought Win For Under 20’s

December 17, 2013

Dunfermline Athletic 0 Rangers 2

Rangers kept up their recent good run with a hard-fought win against Dunfermline Athletic at East End Park tonight. Leading 1-0 the points weren’t secure until Callum Gallagher’s superb solo effort three minutes from time. It was a young Rangers squad with no over age players in the lineup, there were few goalmouth incidents in the early period with the home side having the territorial advantage.

There was full twenty-five minutes gone when Lewis Spence won the ball midway inside Rangers half and broke towards the penalty area before shooting wide of Liam Kelly’s right hand post. Three minutes later from a throw in close to the corner flag on Rangers right, Finn Graham throw the ball to Allan Smith and when it was returned he sent a cross into the box where Faissal El Bakktoui rose to head goalwards with Liam Kelly saving low to his right.

Just after the half hour Ross Drummond played the ball forward to Faissal El Bakktoui on the left when he cut inside and shot, the ball took an awkward bounce in front of Liam Kelly who did well to turn the ball wide of his right hand post. A minute later Rangers troubled Ryan Goodfellow for the first time, Callaum Gallagher won possession thirty yards out and his drive forced the keeper to dive to his left to turn the ball wide.

The home side were soon back on the attack with Ryan Ferguson and Scott Mercer working the ball to Faissal El Bakktoui on the right side of the penalty area with Liam Kelly standing up to divert his powerful shot wide of the near post. The next chance came when Robert Thomson’s reverse pass released Faissal El Bakktoui inside the box with Liam Kelly saving at his near post.

Just before the break Danny Stoney and Andy Murdoch combined to spread the play out to Barrie McKay on the left and his low cross flashed across goal with no takers.

Half-Time:- Dunfermline Athletic 0 Rangers 0

Rangers took the lead five minutes after the break, Callum Gallagher showed great strength and skill to hold of a defender and turn on the halfway line, he headed toward the penalty area and played the ball toRyan Sinnamon overlapping on the left, he hit the byline before cutting the ball back for Andy Murdoch to place a shot behind Ryan Goodfellow. Dunfermline replied three minutes later, Faissal El Bakktoui laid the ball back to Ross Drummond who’s cross found Allan Smith at the back post but his header was just wide.

The next chance for the home side came from a similar source, this time it was Scott Mercer’s pass the set up a Ross Drummond cross and again Allan Smith headed wide at the back post. Just after the hour mark Rangers came close to increasing their lead, Craig Halkett rose to head Barrie McKay’s corner from the right towards the net but Scott Mercer popped up to head the ball off the line and over.

Ten minutes later Faissal El Bakktoui had possession on the left byline and laid the ball back for Ross Drummond to cross to the back post, Ryan Sinnamon miscued his clearance straight to Ryan Ferguson at the edge of the box but he blazed his shot over. Two minutes later only the woodwork denied Rangers, Andy Murdoch passed to Danny Stoney and his thirty yarder beat Ryan Goodfellow but rebounded clear off his left hand post.

As the final five minutes approached Danny Stoney passed to Darren Ramsay on the right and he cut inside before unleashing a long-range shot narrowly over. With three minutes remaining the points were secured with a superb solo effort, Jamie Mills played the ball forward to Callum Gallagher on the left, he went past a defender into the box, took on another to create the space to slot the ball past Ryan Goodfellow.

The home side had a last chance to record a goal in the final minute, Ross Drummond’s cross into the box broke for Finn Graham and only a superb Andy Murdoch block prevented a goal.

Full-Time:- Dunfermline Athletic 0 Rangers 2

Dunfermline Athletic:- Ryan Goodfellow; Finn Graham, Declan O’Kane, Kerr Young, Ross Drummond; Allan Smith, Scott Mercer (Gavin McMillan 77mins), Lewis Spence, Ryan Ferguson, Faissal El Bakktoui; Robert Thomson.

Not Used:- Cammy Gill (Gk), Scott Gray, Jordan Orro, Scott Russell, Robbie Crawford.

Rangers:- Liam Kelly; Craig Halkett, Kris Gibson, Luca Gasparotto, Ryan Sinnamon; Barrie McKay (Jamie Mills 62mins), Andy Murdoch, Charlie Telfer, Danny Stoney; Darren Ramsay; Callum Gallagher.

Not Used:- Alan Smith (Gk), Ryan Hardie, Junior Ogen, Adam Wilson

All Square At Somerset

December 15, 2013

Ayr United 15’s 1 Rangers 14’s 1

Rangers Under 14’s supplemented by Under 15’s Ben Andoh and Andy Dallas were held by Ayr United’s Under 15’s at Somerset Park this afternoon. It was the proverbial game of two halves, with Rangers edging the first period and Ayr coming back strongly in the second and probably creating the chances to win the game.

After a quiet opening spell Rangers created the first real chance just before the quarter-hour, when the ball was played into the penalty area Carlo Pigniatiello laid it back to Mati Zattafarra on the edge of the box, his shot was powerful enough but too straight and the keeper saved. Five minutes later some good play out on the right created a chance for the home side with Darren Montgomery saving at the Ayr player’s feet.

Twenty minutes had passed when Jack Thomson broke forward from defence and his pass released Andy Dallas who tried to go round the keeper who forced him wide and the danger was cleared. A minute later Rangers were awarded a free kick just outside the left side of the penalty area, with the Ayr defence expecting a shot  Jack Thomson slipped a pass to the  unmarked Carlo Pigniatiello on the left side of the box and the home keeper diverted his shot wide.

The next chance came from another Jack Thomson break forward and this time his pass sent Carlo Pigniatiello in the clear with the Ayr keeper advancing from his line to block. The home side immediately broke to the other end with a dangerous looking attack on the right than came to an end with a superb Scott Gary challenge.

Darren Montgomery was called into action on thirty-three minutes, the attack came down the left and deep into the Rangers penalty area, the Rangers keeper stood tall to block at the near post. Right on the stroke of half time Rangers took the lead, when the ball was cleared from the Ayr box out towards the right hand byline Michael Hewitt sent a cross come shot over the keeper and into the net.

Half-Time:- Ayr United 0 Rangers 1

Rangers came close to doubling their lead eight minutes after the break, Scott Gray’s free-kick from just outside the right side of the penalty area clipping the crossbar on the way over. The home side then opened up the Rangers defence with a fine passing move that should have led to an equaliser but with only Darren Montgomery to beat their striker shot wide of the keeper’s right hand post.

They were to pass up an even better opportunity on fifty-five minutes when Darren Montgomery was caught in possession and fouled the Ayr player and the referee pointed to the spot, the Rangers keeper redeemed himself by diving to his right to block the powerful shot. Five minutes later he had to save low to his left when the Ayr player tried his luck after cutting in from the left.

Ayr United were now on top and the next chance came from a free-kick midway inside Rangers half, the ball was sent towards the right side of Rangers six yard box to find the centre back unmarked but he could only knock the ball over. As the midway point of the half approached the Rangers defence was breached again with Darren Montgomery racing from his line to block and getting back on his feet to gather the effort from the rebound.

As the final quater hour approached the home side’s pressure paid off, from a free-kick wide on the right Rangers clearance was miscued and the Ayr player shot through a crowded box and into the bottom corner. Rangers had a chance to snatch a win in the final minute, Stephen Kelly fed Scott Blacklaw on the right and Carlo Pigniatiello got on the end of his cross but his header was weak and the keeper saved comfortably.

Full-Time:- Ayr United 1 Rangers 1

Rangers Squad:- Darren Montgomery (Gk), Jack Pow, Scott Gray, Jack Thomson, Lewis Mayo, Scott Blacklaw, Ben Andoh, Mati Zattafarra, Carlo Pigniatiello, Stephen Kelly, Andy Dallas, Aaron Reid, Cammy Palmer, Michael Hewitt.

Footnote:- Rangers Under 15’s had a comfortbale 6-1 win over St.Johnstone at Murray Park on Friday night with goals from Sam Jamieson (3), Zak Rudden, Andy Dallas & Liam Burt.

Rangers Squad:- Thomas Kucz (Gk), Matthew Flynn (Gk), Jack Thomson, Scott Gray, Jason Krones, Robbie Smith, Aidan Wilson, Ben Andoh, Jamie Barjonas, Sam Jamieson, Liam Gibson, Liam Burt, Zak Rudden, Andy Dallas, Kieran Balfour.

On Sunday Rangers Under 17’s recorded a 3-1 win over Dundee United at St.Andrew’s University, the goals coming from Junior Ogen (2) & Chris McDonald.

20’s Comeback Secures Unlikely Win

December 10, 2013

Rangers 2 Hamilton Accies 1

A goal down and reduced to ten men with an hour gone, having threatened little since Greg Pascazio’s twenty-fourth minute red card a victory looked unlikely. Until all three substitutes made a significant impact to turn things round and get the goals to secure the three points.

Rangers had the first chance after only two minutes when David Templeton went past Craig Watson on the left side of the box only to shoot across goal and wide of the far post. The next chance came when Darren Ramsay delivered a free-kick from the left midway inside the Accies half, Craig Halkett rose to head goalwards with Blair Currie getting down to save low to his right.

Just before the twenty-fifth minute Rangers lost a goal and a man in the visitor’s first real attack, Greg Pascazio was caught out at a throw in outside the right side of Rangers penalty area and he pulled back Eamon Brophy for a clear penalty and the referee had little option but to show a straight red card. Andy Ryan stepped up to send Liam Kelly the wrong way from the spot. As the half-hour approached Andy Ryan attacked the right side of Rangers box, when he was challenged by Craig Halkett the ball broke for Jason McGrath who shot across goal and wide of the far post.

A few minutes later Ali El Zubaidi sent a cross into the box from the halfway line close to the left hand touchline. Andy Ryan got on the end of it but his header was wide of Liam Kelly’s right hand post.

Half-Time:- Rangers 0 Hamilton Accies 1

The second half began in a similar vein with Accies having the territorial advantage without creating much in front goal. That was to change with a double substitution on the hour. Within in a couple of minutes Andy Murdoch won a challenge on the halfway line and when the ball broke to Charlie Telfer his incredible forty yard effort clipped Blair Currie’s right hand post with the keeper beaten.

As the midway point of the half neared Darian Mackinnon’s cross from the right had Liam Kelly under pressure but Lee Kilday could only head over at the back post. A couple of minutes later Andy Ryan’s powerful thirty yarder was too straight and Liam Kelly saved comfortably.

With fifteen minutes remaining Rangers drew level, make shift right back Robbie Crawford’s clearance up field was miscued by Ryan Finnie in the right full-back position, the ball landed kindly for Andy Murdoch who gives Blair Currie no chance with a superb strike from just outside the left side of the penalty area. Six minutes later Rangers got their noses in front, when the ball was played up to Jamie Burrows wide on the right he passed inside to Callum Gallagher who moved it on to Danny Stoney he showed great composure to step back inside a couple of defenders and slot the ball past Blair Currie.

Rangers had a chance to make the points save in the final minute, Callum Gallagher’s reverse pass freed Jamie Burrows on the right side of the box but he shot across Blair Currie and narrowly wide of the far post.

Full-Time:- Rangers 2 Hamilton Accies 1

Rangers:- Liam Kelly; Craig Halkett, Greg Pascazio, Kris Gibson, Ryan Sinnamon; Barrie McKay (Jamie Burrows 60mins), Robbie Crawford, Andy Murdoch, David Templeton (Charlie Telfer 60mins); Darren Ramsay (Danny Stoney 74mins); Callum Gallagher.

Not Used:- Alan Kelly(Gk), Jamie Mills

Hamilton Accies:- Blair Currie; Craig Watson, Lee Kilday, Ali El Zubaidi, Colin Grainger; Greg Docherty (Ryan Finnie 85mins); Darian Mackinnon (Darren Smith 80mins), Lewis Longridge; Andy Ryan, Eamon Brophy, Jason McGrath (Danny Armstrong 77mins).

Not Used:- Scott Law (Gk), Jack Harrison, Shaun Want

Youth Cup Quarter Final Draw

December 10, 2013

The draw for the SFA Youth Cup Quarter Finals was made yesterday and Rangers have been handed a home tie against Dunfermline Athletic. The full draw is as follows:-

Rangers v Dunfermline Athletic
St. Johnstone v St. Mirren
Kilmarnock v Greenock Morton
Heart of Midlothian v Queen’s Park

As its been a couple of years since we reached this stage I thought I would have a wee look at the four ties. The Youth Cup has become a strange competition, it started as an Under 18 tournament and its inaugural year saw a Rangers side that included Ian Durrant, Robert Fleck and Scott Nisbet, (Derek Ferguson missed the final through injury), lose out to Celtic. Back then it was for players who may have just reached their eighteenth birthday and it would be rare for any to be near their club’s first team and most were unfamiliar faces to the fans.

The authorities have allowed it to graduate to an Under 20 tournament, so the players can be a full two years older and most clubs would expect some players of that age to be in and around the first team, or out on loan at lesser clubs to gain first team experience. Like any cup competition there are shocks but in the past a glance at the youth league table would be a decent form guide. With clubs able to field up to four overage players in the SPFL Under 20 League that picture is somewhat distorted these days.

Rangers v Dunfermline Athletic

Rangers reached this stage with comfortable wins over Dumbarton and Hibernian and I believe this is a talented if a young Rangers squad, with only Barrie McKay and Callum Gallagher from the team that played Hibernian too old for next year. Technically Rangers could also field Fraser Aird and Lewis McLeod but that is unlikely and it has to be noted that Hibernian also omitted three or four “first team” players from their lineup in the last round.

The Pars reached this stage with wins over Dundee United and Cowdenbeath. Led by former Ranger Stephen Wright as Head of Youth the backbone of their team is made up of two players I was surprised to see released from Rangers and two players on loan from Dundee United. Centre back Lewis Martin and midfielder Lewis Spence were previously at Rangers, while midfielder Ryan Ferguson and striker Jordan Moore are on loan from Dundee United, neither played against their parent club but both played in the tie against Cowdenbeath. Jordan Moore has already a fair bit of history against Rangers, scoring twice for Dundee United in a youth cup win at Ibrox two seasons ago, and receiving a red card is this season’s first team fixture. Striker Alan Smith has played a few first team games and one or to others have had a brief taste of top team action.

In the Under 20 game earlier this season Rangers took the points with the odd goal in NINE !!. Both sides fielded over age players in that game so taking that into consideration I would expect Rangers to progress with home advantage.

St. Johnstone v St. Mirren

The Perth Saints reached this stage with wins over Stirling Albion and Celtic while the Paisley Saints accounted for Partick Thistle and Raith Rovers. Having been at the Under 20 games against these sides, Rangers were fortunate to win in Paisley and fortunate to draw with St.Johnstone at Dumbarton, but again the over age players cloud the picture.

The Rangers connection in Perth comes in form of Head of Youth and former Rangers youth coach Alistair Stevenson and under 20’s coach Alex Clelland who of course is a former Rangers player. It’s a credit to the club that most of their Under 20 side have come through the system and striker Chris Kane has been prolific. They have added a couple of players from England, Dwayne Coultress (Aldershot) and Bradley Fortnam-Tomlinson (Sheffield Wednesday) but possibly the most impressive capture is Dylan Easton who impressed at Ibrox last season while playing for Berwick Rangers.

The Paisley Saints had no fewer than four former Rangers in their lineup when the progressed past Raith Rovers, centre backs Mark Williams and Jack Baird, winger Lewis Morgan and striker Thomas Reilly. The Paisley version definitely have the edge in terms of first team experience and Thomas Reilly and Jon Scullion form a potent strike force. That makes it a difficult tie to call, but you have to be impressed with the Perth side’s win over holders Celtic in the last round and with home advantage I’ll go for them.

Kilmarnock v Greenock Morton

Killie had to overcome the youth sides from Aberdeen and Motherwell to reach this stage, and in both ties they recorded impressive and comfortable wins. They inflicted a heavy defeat on Rangers (5-1) in the same competition last season, although most of that team is now too old, including Rory McKenzie who netted four of the goals.

Another club with a few former Rangers, with Greg Taylor, Mark O’Hara and Greg Kiltie all featuring in last round’s tie against Motherwell and they could also call on first team winger Chris Johnston who is eligible. Rangers won the recent Under 20 league encounter 2-0, but again both sides featured over age players.

Morton progressed at the expense of Fraserburgh and Ayr United, I don’t know too much about the youngsters from Greenock as they are have not entered in any of the two youth leagues. They are sitting top of the Reserve Legaue, but I’m not sure how much exposure their youth players have had in that league. Looking at their lineup from the last round it included Glen Eadie who was released by Celtic in the summer and Dylan Stevenson who had a brief spell at Rangers having previously been at Celtic. All things considered I think Kilmarnock will be too strong and should progress.

Heart of Midlothian v Queen’s Park

I mentioned previously that Rangers have a young side, with Hearts having so many youngsters in the first team squad their squad for their Under 20 games has averaged about a year younger than even Rangers and that has reflected on results as they sit near the bottom of the table. Hearts had an early start to the youth cup with a routine win over Spartans followed by 4-2 success against Hamilton Accies and then a bit of shooting practice as they hit double figures against Formartine United.

With no fewer than eight of the squad that faced Dundee United eligible to play in the youth cup the Hearts lineup could be anybody’s guess. Their lineups in recent Under 20 games have included a few former Rangers players, full-backs Liam Smith and Elliot Ford, Robbie Buchanan who has been playing wide right and striker Gary Oliver who has recently broke into the first team and made the Scotland 19’s squad.

Queen’s Park really do punch above their weight at youth level, when you consider that Lawrence Shankland, Aiden Connolly and Andy Robertson who all moved to top league clubs in the summer and could be playing in this tie if they were still at Queens it proves the point. Its been a series of narrow wins that have taken The Spiders to this stage, beginning with 1-0 over Forfar Athletic, a penalty shoot-out against Inverness CT and the odd goal in five win over Queen of the South.

Although their squad will be full of names I’m not familiar with, they will be well organised and will keep attempting to play their passing game. They do have the option of playing former Rangers player Blair Spittal, not eighteen for another week or so Blair has scored ten goals in a struggling Queen’s Park first team. I do think they will give a decent account of themselves but would expect Hearts to progress what ever lineup they field.

14’s Win Over 15’s Side

December 8, 2013

Rangers U14’s 6 Dumbarton U15’s 1

Rangers Under 14’s supplemented with two Under 15 players had a comfortable win over Dumbarton’s U15’s at Murray Park this afternoon. Zak Rudden grabbed the headlines with his five goals but it was a fine team performance with some excellent passing play from the young Rangers side.

The first chance came on three minutes when Mati Zattafarra’s pass sent Zak Rudden through the inside right channel and he shot across goal and wide of the far post. Jack Thomson then set Andy Dallas free on the left with his pass inside the right-back, he continued into the box but was denied when the ‘Sons keeper blocked at the near post.

Rangers took the lead on thirteen minutes, Scott Blacklaw showed great skill to lob the ball over an opponent in midfield and passed to Zak Rudden, he tried to switch play to the left but his pass was intercepted by a Dumbarton defender who’s header back was short and Andy Dallas pounced to round the keeper and roll the ball into the net. The visitors then had an immediate chance to reply from a free-kick on the left side of the box which Darren Montgomery dealt with comfortably.

The Rangers keeper had a more difficult shot to deal with a minute later, it was an effort from distance that had Darren Montgomery stretching to save under his crossbar. Rangers then capitalised by increasing their lead two minutes later, a fine passing moving involving half the team ended when Stephen Kelly’s through ball was missed by the keeper leaving Zak Rudden a simple task to roll the ball into the net.

Dumbarton replied with a dangerous attack down the left and when the cross came in it took a superb Jack Thomson clearance to snuff out the danger. Jack Thomson was then on the attack as he broke forward, his through ball forcing a brave save from the ‘Sons keeper at the feet of Mati Zattafarra. Right on the whistle to end the first period Dumbarton got back into the game, a corner from the right setup a scramble in the Rangers box, with a shot through a crowd of players finding the net.

The first chance of the second period came on five minutes when Zak Rudden found himself clear, with the visitor’s keeper advancing from his line to block with his legs, he was helpless from the rebound as Ben Andoh’s powerful shot crashed off the underside of the bar. The third goal did come three minutes later, Zak Rudden’s one-two with Stephen Kelly opened up the centre of the defence allowing him to shoot past the keeper from just inside the box.

From Scott Blacklaw’s pass Andy Dallas took on the defence on the left side of the box and forced a save from the keeper. A pass through the centre of Rangers defence setup a chance for the visitor’s with Darren Montgomery saving bravely at the striker’s feet.

As the midway point of the period approached Andy Dallas and Mati Zattafarra combined to create a shooting chance for Zak Rudden who’s effort was just wide of the keeper’s left hand post. The fourth goal was to follow five minutes later, Aaron Reid hit the byline on the left, his cutback found Stephen Kelly who’s shot was saved, but the keeper couldn’t hold on and Zak Rudden followed up complete his hat-trick.

A fine passing move led to Rangers fifth at the start of the final period, Stephen Kelly providing the final pass to release Zak Rudden inside the box and he coolly slotted the ball past the keeper. Seven minutes later Rangers scored again, Carlo Pigniatiello latched onto a loose ball on the edge of the right side box before passing to Zak Rudden to fire into the net.

The visitors never gave up and with fifteen minutes remaining their striker was through on goal only to be denied by a fine Darren Montgomery save. With five minutes remaining Stephen Kelly sent Zak Rudden clear on the right, he passed inside to Carlo Pigniatiello who moved the ball onto Dylan Patterson and his shot was just wide of the right hand post.

Rangers finished the game with a couple of chances to add to their tally, Carlo Pigniatiello’s pass inside the right-back freed Dylan Patterson on the left side of the box and his effort was just too high. Some sharp passing on the edge of the Dumbarton box involving Stephen Kelly, Carlo Pigniatiello and Zak Rudden created the chance for Mati Zattafarra who was denied by a fine save.

Rangers 6 Dumbarton 1

Rangers Squad:- Darren Montgomery (Gk), Jack Pow, Scott Gray, Jack Thomson, Lewis Mayo, Scott Blacklaw, Ben Andoh, Mati Zattafarra, Zak Rudden, Stephen Kelly, Andy Dallas, Aaron Reid, Carlo Pigniatiello, Dylan Patterson.

Easy Win For 14’s

December 1, 2013

Hibernian provided the opposition for this week’s development league games. With the Under 15’s and 17’s through at the Hibernian Training Centrit was the younger teams who were at home at Murray Park and as is my norm I took in the game involving the older team.

Rangers 9 Hibernian 0

Rangers first chance came when Zak Rudden latched on to a slack pass in the Hibernian defence and burst through on goal with the visitor’s keeper advancing from his line to block with his legs. Rangers took the lead on seventeen minutes, Rhys Breen broke forward from defence and his pass sent Zak Rudden clear through the inside left channel and this time he made no mistake as he shot past the keeper.

Six minutes later Rangers doubled their lead, Mati Zattafarra advanced from his own half and passed to Zak Rudden out on the right, the Rangers striker returned the ball to Mati Zattafarra who moved the ball on to Stephen Kelly on the left side of the penalty area and he shot across the keeper into the net. A poor clearance from the Hibs keeper could have led to a third but he recovered to get down to his right to save Zak Rudden’s shot.

Stephen Kelly was the provider of the next chance when his pass released Scott Blacklaw deep inside the right side of the box but he was denied when the keeper made a fine save. Hibernian had a chance on the right side of Rangers penalty area six minutes into the second period with Darren Montgomery diving to his left to turn the ball wide.

Rangers were soon back on attack and when Zak Rudden dispossessed a defender on the edge of the box he thundered a shot high past the keeper. At the midway point of the period Scott Blacklaw lobbed the ball to the back post from the right side of the box and Stephen Kelly’s volley was just wide of the post.

A couple of minutes later Mati Zattafarra scored Rangers fourth with a fine individual goal, taking on the Hibernian defence on the left he went past two defenders and beat the keeper with an excellent finish. Four minutes before the end of the period Rangers scored a fifth, Rhys Breen sent Aaron Reid down the left to the byline and when he cut the ball back a Hibs defender turned the ball past his own keeper for an Own Goal.

Rangers next goal came six minutes into the final period, Zak Rudden took on the Hibernian defence on the right side of the penalty area before passing to Dylan Patterson on the left side of the box and he beat the keeper with a superb first time finish. Stephen Kelly then sent Scott Blacklaw through but his attempted lob didn’t quite come off and the keeper saved.

As the game entered the final ten minutes Zak Rudden was played through on the left side of the box, the Hibernian keeper parried the striker’s shot but Michael Hewitt followed up to fire into the unguarded net. In the final couple of minutes Rangers added a further two goals. The first came when Aaron Reid’s pass sent Zak Rudden done the left and he continued into the box to shoot past the keeper. The scoring was completed when Zak Rudden switched play to Michael Hewitt on the right, when his cross came into the box Mati Zattafarra volleyed past the keeper from around eight yards.

Rangers Squad:- Darren Montgomery (Gk), Michael Hewitt, Aaron Reid, Rhys Breen, Lewis Mayo, Cammy Palmer, Scott Blacklaw, Mati Zattafarra, Zak Rudden, Stephen Kelly, Jack Pow, Dylan Patterson.

Footnote:- Rangers Under 13’s recorded a 4-0 win over their Hibernian counterparts with the goals coming from Lewis McGrattan (2), Andy Rodden & Billy Gilmour.

Meanwhile through in the east Rangers Under 15’s that included Under 14’s players Scott Gray, Jack Thomson and Carlo Pigniatello beat Hibernian 5-0. The goals coming from Grant Nelson, Jack Thomson, Sam Jamieson & Liam Burt (2).

Rangers Under 17’s lost 2-1 in a game where both teams had a couple of over age players, with Rangers goal coming from Greg Pascazio.