Archive for March, 2015

Development League Win In Paisley

March 30, 2015

St.Mirren 1 Rangers 3

Rangers Development League side recorded a comfortable win at a rain and windswept St.Mirren Park tonight. The young Rangers side were generally in control and after Ryan Hardie had given them the lead they never really looked like losing the points.

The first real effort on goal came just before the twenty-minute mark, Ryan Hardie showed good skill before passing the ball to Fraser Aird on the left, he cut inside before shooting and a deflection took the ball just wide of the far post. Within a minute Fraser Aird was trying his luck from around thirty yards and another deflection forced Dan Wilks to save low to his left.

Rangers were continuing to be the attacking force and when Kyle Hutton sent Ryan Hardie down the left, he cut inside before shooting from a narrow angle that Dan Wilks stood up to save. Less than sixty seconds later Rangers should have taken the lead, Darren Ramsay fed Ryan Hardie on the right, he picked out Fraser Aird arriving around the penalty spot but he shot over.

It was bang on the half-hour when Rangers made the break through and it was a disaster for Saints midfielder Adam Brown, he failed to notice Ryan Hardie when attempting a pass back giving possession to the Rangers striker who accepted the present to shot past Dan Wilks. Adam Brown almost made amends on the stroke of half-time when he sent a free-kick over the defensive wall and off Robbie McCrorie’s left hand post.

Half-Time:-St.Mirren 0 Rangers 1

The second half was just over five minutes old when Rangers doubled their lead, Jack Baird got underneath Robbie McCrorie’s clearance and his glancing header left Ryan Hardie through on goal, he continued into the box and beat Dan Wilks with a cool finish. Five minutes later Rangers scored again, Kevin Mbabu got to the byline on the right and his driven ball across the six yard box was diverted into his own net by Saints defender Jack Baird.

The home side replied almost immediately and following a set play the ball was crossed from the left and landed at the feet of Mark Williams at the back post and he drove the ball past Robbie McCrorie. Saints then had strong claims for a penalty with twenty minutes remaining, Lewis Morgan burst into the box and he appeared to be caught by Kevin Mbabu on the left hand byline but the referee pointed for a corner.

The final chance came in injury time and it was for the home side, Connor Murray played the ball forward and Lewis Morgan got the break of the ball in a challenge with Craig Halkett that left him in the clear, his shot from the edge of the box had Robbie McCrorie stretching to tip over.

Full-Time:- St.Mirren 1 Rangers 3

St.Mirren:- Dan Wilks; Mark Morrison, Jack Baird, Mark Williams, Jordan Stewart (Robbie Mitchell 72mins); Thomas Reilly; Emmanuel Sonupe (Mark Barrowman 67mins), Barry Cuddihy, Adam Brown, Lewis Morgan; Danny McDonald (Connor Murray 85mins).

Not Used:- Mark Fodden(Gk), Conor O’Keefe.

Rangers:- Robbie McCrorie; Kevin Mbabu, Craig Halkett, Scot Whiteside, Robbie McCrorie; Callum Gallagher, Dylan Dykes (Scott Roberts 59mins), Kyle Hutton, Fraser Aird; Darren Ramsay (Danny Stoney 59mins); Ryan Hardie (Jamie Mills 88mins).

Not Used:- Lewis McMinn (Gk), Josh Jeffries, Greg Pascazio, Kris Gibson.

Stalemate For 17’s

March 29, 2015

Rangers 0 Motherwell 0

Rangers Under 17’s came up against an inspired goalkeeper in Peter Morrison at Murray Park this afternoon. Dominant for most of the ninety minutes the Ibrox youngsters had several chances but just couldn’t get the better of the Motherwell keeper.

The only real effort on goal in the opening twenty minutes came from a Ross Lyon free-kick from the edge of the box that Peter Morrison dealt with comfortably. When the game reached that mark the visitor’s keeper dived to his right to deny Sam Jamieson after he was released inside the right side of the penalty area from a fine Liam Burt reverse pass.

Just before the half-hour Liam Burt charged down a Peter Morrison clearance and briefly it looked like the ball was heading for the net but went across goal and was cleared by a defender. Ten minutes before the break Jamie Barjonas passed to Sam Jamieson wide on the right, from his cross Liam Burt’s superb over head kick was only just kept out by Peter Morrison, gathering at the second attempt.

Within sixty seconds Jamie Barjonas tried his luck from distance with the ball dipping late and only just clearing the Motherwell crossbar.

Half-Time:- Rangers 0 Motherwell 0

As the hour mark approached Sam Jamieson was clear on the left side of the box, but a heavy touch allowed Peter Morrison to advance from his line to block with his legs. Despite Rangers dominance they could have fallen behind five minutes later, Ryan Watters latched on to a slack Lewis White pass back, as Lewis McMinn advanced from goal he poked the ball past the Rangers keeper but wide of the keeper’s left hand post.

With fifteen minutes remaining Motherwell were reduced to ten men when Adam Livingstone was shown a straight red card for a dangerous two footed challenge on Ross Lyon. Within in a minute Jamie Brandon’s through ball saw Peter Morrison save at the feet of Ross Lyon just inside the box and when the ball eventually arrived back at the feet of Jamie Brandon the ‘Well keeper had got back to his goal line to turn his shot over.

When the resultant corner broke to Ross McCrorie on the edge of the six yard box he looked certain to score but Peter Morrison managed to divert his toe poke wide of his left hand post. Rangers final chance came with three minutes remaining, Andy Dallas progressed along the eighteen yard line from right to left before passing to Sam Jamieson just inside the box, he aimed across goal for the far post but Peter Morrison dived to his left to turn the ball wide of the post.

Full-Time:- Rangers 0 Motherwell 0

Rangers:- Lewis McMinn; Aidan Wilson, Kyle Bradley, Ross McCrorie, Lewis White; Ross Lyon, Jamie Barjonas (Jamie Brandon 55mins) Max Ashmore, Kyle Clark (Josh Jeffries 55mins); Liam Burt (Andy Dallas 73mins); Sam Jamieson.

Not Used:- Robbie McCrorie (Gk)

Motherwell:- Peter Morrison; Josh Moore, Barry McGuire, Oliver Fleming, Adam Livingstone; Robbie Leitch, Ryan Watters, Alan Campbell, Jake Hastie (Jordan Armstrong 87mins); Dylan Falconer (Liam Runciman 41mins) , John Cunningham (David Turnbull 70mins).

Not Used:- Daniel Potts (Gk), Robbie Kilpatrick.

14’s Welcome American Tourists

March 24, 2015

Rangers 4 Capital Area RailHawks 0

A Rangers Under 14’s side supplemented by four U15’s (year 2000’s) entertained Capital Area RailHawks , an academy side affiliated to Carolina RailHawks from Raleigh, North Carolina. The American youngsters who are coached by former Rangers Greg Shields were a mix of 2000’s and 2001’s. This was their third game in as many days. Having narrowly lost (2-1) to Everton and then recorded and high scoring win over a Sheffield boys club.

Rangers were almost stunned in the opening minute when the visitors first attack took them into the right side of Rangers penalty area and it toook a fine Brian Kinnear save low to his right to prevent the opening goal. Rangers replied when Billy Gilmour passed in from the left to set up a shooting chance for Ben Williamson that the keeper scrambled wide of his right hand post.

There was only five minutes on the clock when Brian Kinnear was called into action again, the RailHawks midfielder was allowed to break towards the Rangers penalty area and when he shot for goal the Rangers keeper got down to his right to turn the ball wide. Rangers capitalised by taking the lead just before the ten minute mark, Dylan Patterson was the provider when he picked out Carlo Pigniatello with a cross from the left, who knocked the ball over the keeper with a controlled volley.

The Ibrox youngsters doubled their lead twelve minutes into the second period, Billy Gilmour split the visitor’s defence with a superb pass that released Niyah Joseph on the right side of the box and he  dinked the ball over the keeper and into the net. The third goal soon followed, Rangers passed the ball from right to left through several players to Zac Butterworth on the left hand angle of the box, his shot crashed of the underside of the crossbar with Carlo Pigniatello following up to net from close range.

As the period entered the final ten minutes Rangers trialist almost got on the score sheet, released on a Dapo Mebude pass he was denied when the keeper dived to his right to parry. The touring side almost reduced the deficit seven minutes into the final period, from a corner from the right the header looped over Nicky Hogarth but Michael Hewitt was well placed to head from the goal line.

The scoring  was complete with eight minutes remaining, Dapo Mebude broke forward before moving the ball on to Lewis McGrattan who’s pass freed Carlo Pigniatello on the left side of the box to calmly slot the ball past the keeper.

Full-Time:- Rangers 4 Capital Area RailHawks 0

Rangers Squad:- Brian Kinnear (Gk), Nicky Hogarth (Gk), Michael Hewitt, Zac Butterworth, Aiden Gibb, Danny Finlayson, Billy Gilmour, Reece Rintoull, Ben Williamson, Niyah Joseph, Carlo Pigniatello, Dylan Patterson, Dapo Mebude, Andy Rodden, Kieran McKechnie, Trialist, Lewis McGrattan.

The visitors continue their tour with games coming up against Celtic, Hearts and Dunfermline. Their web site can be viewed  at the link below

All Square At Rugby Park

March 18, 2015

Kilmarnock 1 Rangers 1

An unusual evening kick-off meant I got the rare chance to take in a Development League match tonight at Rugby Park, where Rangers were held by a young Kilmarnock side. The home side were first to threaten when Greg Taylor, in possession outside the left side of the penalty area played the ball to Lee Miller on the edge of the box who laid it back into the midfielder’s path and his powerful drive clipped the top of Liam Kelly’s crossbar on the way over. Rangers replied with a Jamie Mills free-kick delivered from the right which was headed clear to the left hand angle of the box where Fraser Aird sent a shot narrowly over.

Killie immediately went straight up the other end and took the lead, when the ball was played up to the feet of Lee Miller his flick saw Greg Kiltie win the race with Greg Pascazio before rounding Liam Kelly and rolling the ball into the net. Midway through the half Scott McLean took on Jamie Mills close to the byline on the right before crossing for Lee Miller to head narrowly over.

The home side were continuing to look the most likely and just after the half-hour Paul Cairney drove at the centre of the Rangers defence before playing Greg Kiltie in on the right side of the box, but he shot across Liam Kelly and wide of the far post. Within two minutes Rangers were unfortunate not to draw level, Ryan Sinnamon’s cross from the right found its way to Robbie Crawford at the back post, his shot beat Conor Brennan but he was denied by a superb goal line clearance from David Syme.

A fine move from Killie then carved open the Rangers defence and it took a brilliant Liam Kelly save to prevent a second goal. Greg Taylor started the move with a pass inside Greg Pascazio to Greg Kiltie, his cross bounced at the back post where Scott McLean nodded the ball back to Lee Miller, who ‘s shot looked netbound until the Rangers keeper dived to his right to turn the ball wide. The final chance of the half was another for the home side, a slack Scot Whiteside pass was intercepted by Scott McLean who released Greg Kiltie inside the right side of the penalty area and his shot from a narrow angle needed a touch from Liam Kelly to divert the ball wide.

Half-Time:- Kilmarnock 1 Rangers 0

It was the home side who were first to threaten with Euan Smith driving forward before firing over from around twenty-five yards. Five minutes later Rangers were level, Ryan Sinnmon broke on the right and he picked out Darren Ramsay arriving on the edge of the box to shoot past Conor Brennan.

Kilmarnock were reduced to ten men on the hour when Aaron Splaine was shown a straight red card for a challenge on Dylan Dykes, a decision that was a touch harsh in my opinion. The expected push from Rangers for a winner never materialised and the home side comfortably held on for a draw with neither side seriously threatening to grab a winner.

Full-Time:- Kilmarnock 1 Rangers 1

Kilmarnock:- Conor Brennan; Dean Hawkshaw, Lewis Clark, David Syme, Sam Liddington; Scott McLean, Euan Smith (Aaron Splaine 52mins), Greg Taylor, Paul Cairney (Mark Dempster 62mins); Lee Miller (Dylan Pooler HT), Greg Kiltie.

Not Used:- Devlin Mackay (Gk), Jack Whittaker.

Rangers:- Liam Kelly; Greg Pazcasio (Dylan Dykes HT), Craig Halkett, Scot Whiteside, Jamie Mills (Scott Roberts 66mins); Ryan Sinnamon, Fraser Aird, Robbie Crawford, Callum Gallagher; Darren Ramsay (Danny Stoney 75mins), Ryan Hardie.

Not Used:- Lewis McMinn (Gk), Kris Gibson, David Brownlie, Ross Lyon.

Youth Round Up

March 15, 2015

This weekend’s youth fixtures saw Rangers take on the youth sides from Fife Elite, with the older age groups at home and the younger teams playing in Fife. As is the norm I take in the older age group, so it was the Under 17’s game at Murray Park for me.

Rangers 1 Fife Elite 0

A late Jason Krones goal secured Rangers first win over Fife Elite at this age group, having lost both previous meetings earlier this season. It was a game of few chances where the Rangers youngsters had the bulk of the play and probably deserved their narrow win.

Just after the quarter-hour mark Grant Nelson crossed from the right and Aidan Wilson rose to head narrowly wide of Cammy Gill’s right hand post. Five minutes later a long ball from the Fife defence saw Aidan Wilson miscue a header and leave Paul Crossan in the clear and as he broke into the box it took a superb Jason Krones challenge to clear the ball for a corner.

The only other chance of note in the first half came in injury time, from Josh Jeffries corner from the left Cammy Gill dived to his left to gather Jason Krones header at the second attempt.

Half-Time:- Rangers 0 Fife Elite o

Rangers continued to have the bulk of possession in the second half but clear-cut chances were again at a premium, Kyle Bradley got the byline on the left ten minutes into the second half, from his cut-back Andy Dallas shot wide of the near post. With the game approaching the final quarter-hour Rangers should have taken the lead from a quick break, a great throw out from Robbie McCrorie sent Lewis White breaking into the opposition’s half, when he was challenged the ball broke for Sam Jamieson who entered the left side of the penalty area where he cut inside a defender but shot across the keeper and wide of the far post.

Rangers finally made the break through with nine minutes remaining, following a set play Ross McCrorie found himself in possession on the left hand byline, a neat piece of skill took him past a defender and his cross was headed past Jack Shaw by Jason Krones from close range. Within a minute a Josh Jeffries flick on setup a chance for Sam Jamieson from the edge of the box but his shot was just wide of Jack Shaw’s right hand post.

There was one further chance deep into injury time, Josh Jeffries cutting in from the left before shooting for goal which Jack Shaw turned wide of his near post.

Full-Time:- Rangers 1 Fife Elite 0

Rangers:- Ross McCrorie (Kieran Wright 75mins); Kyle Bradley (Lewis White 62mins), Jason Krones, Aidan Wilson, Jamie Brandon (Ross Lyon 66mins); Kyle Clark, Jack Thomson, Ross McCrorie, Grant Nelson; Josh Jeffries; Andy Dallas (Sam Jamieson 62mins)

Not Used:- Liam Burt, Premyslaw Dachnowicz.

Fife Elite:- Cammy Gill (Jack Shaw HT); Stuart Morrison, Dean McConnell, Jordan Leslie, Sean Mackie; Brandon Luke (Fraser Scott HT), Tony Laing, John Henderson (Robbie Crawford 57mins), Jonathan Galloway, Cammy Muirhead (Ross Crawford 62mins), Paul Crossan (Scott Sutherland 66mins).

Footnote:- At the same time Rangers Under 15’s were held 1-1 with Rangers goal coming from Zak Rudden. Through in Fife Rangers 13’s and 14’s both recorded victories by 5-1 and 7-1 respectively.

17’s Ease Into Glasgow Cup Final

March 11, 2015

Rangers 2 Partick Thistle o 

A goal in each half saw Rangers Under 17’s ease past Partick Thistle and into the Glasgow Cup Final at Murray Park tonight. They now await the winners of tomorrow’s semi-final between Celtic and Queen’s Park. Rangers always had the edge, although there was fully twenty minutes gone when the game saw its first real chance and Rangers really should have scored. Following a corner from the right Sam Jamieson found himself in possession wide on the left and he picked out Jason Krones unmarked in front of goal but his volley went just wide of the keeper’s right hand post.

The opening goal was only delayed a further five minutes and it came from a quick Rangers break following a Thistle corner, Sam Jamieson breaking down the left before passing inside for Josh Jeffries who side-stepped the on rushing keeper before rolling into the net. Rangers continued to have the bulk of the play but the next chance came just before the break, Josh Jeffries and Sam Jamieson exchanged passed on the right side of the penalty area and from former’s cross Jack Thomson rose to head just wide of the far post.

Half-Time:- Rangers 1 Partick Thistle 0

There was no change to the pattern of play in the second half with Rangers continuing in the ascendency and when Sam Jamieson passed to Ross Lyon inside the left hand side of the box the Thistle keeper was forced to divert the ball wide of his near post. Two minutes later Rangers should have doubled their lead when they carved open the Thistle defence, a super Josh Jeffries pass found Liam Burt wide on the right, his pass inside sent Sam Jamieson through one-on-one with the keeper who won the duel by diverting the striker’s shot wide of his left hand post with his leg.

The second goal was only delayed a couple of minutes and came just before the hour, Sam Jamieson in possession on the right hand angle of the box cut inside before beating the keeper from the edge of the box. The visitor’s threatened as the final quarter-hour approached, from an attack on the right side of Rangers box the shot was saved comfortably  by Robbie McCrorie low to his right. A few minutes later the Rangers keeper was stretched a bit more, from a free-kick on the edge of the box he had to dive to his left to turn the ball wide of the post. There was no further significant goalmouth action as Rangers saw the game out comfortably.

Full-Time:- Rangers 2 Partick Thistle 0

Rangers:- Robbie McCrorie; Aidan Wilson (Kyle Bradley 56mins), Jason Krones, Ross McCrorie, Lewis White; Ross Lyon, Jack Thomson, Max Ashmore (Jamie Barjonas 59mins), Liam Burt; Josh Jeffries; Sam Jamieson (Andy Dallas 78mins)

Not Used:- Kieran Wright (Gk), Jamie Brandon, Kyle Clark, Kieran Balfour.

Clean Sweep For Youths Over ‘Dons

March 8, 2015

Rangers youth sides recorded a clean sweep of victories of their Aberdeen counterparts today, the Ibrox youngsters wining both games at Murray Park and both games at Balgownie Playing Fields. The game for me today was the Under 14’s clash at Murray Park.

Rangers 5 Aberdeen 0

Rangers Under 14’s produced a superb performance to run out comfortable winners against Aberdeen at Murray Park this afternoon. This age group never have a physical  advantage over their opponents but are a good footballing side and started the first period with a strong wind at their backs.

There was only two minutes on the clock when Rangers took the lead with the first serious effort on goal, Ben Williamson won the ball wide on the right and passed inside to Dylan Patterson, when his ball into the box was cleared to the edge Billy Gilmour sent a dipping half volley over the keeper and into the net. A few minutes later Danny Finlayson broke forward before passing to Dylan Patterson who’s through ball released Kieran McKechnie on the right side of the penalty area but his shot was wide of the keeper’s near post.

Rangers were continuing to dominate and a third effort on goal before the period had reached the ten minute mark, Dylan Patterson in possession on the left passed inside to Billy Gilmour and his powerful shot from around twenty five-yards tested the Aberdeen keeper. On thirteen minutes a superb Billy Gilmour run attacking the Aberdeen penalty area before passing to Zac Butterworth on the left side of the box, he went past a defender before being denied by a fine save low to his left from the ‘Dons keeper.

Five minutes later Rangers doubled their lead, when the Aberdeen defence failed to clear a Dylan Patterson corner from the right the ball finally fell for Danny Finalyson to prod past the keeper from close range. Rangers had another chance to add to their score as the period entered the final five minutes, Kieran McKechnie’s pass releasing Dapo Mebude on the right side of the box but shot across goal and wide of the far post.

With the spectators looking on with interest to see how Rangers would cope shooting into the strong wind the Ibrox youngsters answered perfectly by increasing their lead in the opening minute of the second period. Nathan Patterson and Ben Williamson combined on the right to free Kieran McKechnie inside the right side of the box, he knocked the ball past the keeper and as the ball trundled towards the goal line Dylan Patterson won the race with a defender to knock the ball over the line. A fourth goal was close two minutes later, Dapo Mebude’s pass setting up the chance on the right side of the penalty area for Kieran McKechnie who’s shot was just wide of the keeper’s near post.

Despite shooting into the wind it was Rangers who looked more likely to add to the scoreline and the fourth goal came with four minutes of the period remaining. Dylan Patterson attacked the left side of the Aberdeen box before playing in Dapo Mebude who shot across the keeper an into the far corner of the net.

The game was almost ten minutes into the final period before Aberdeen had a real effort on goal, it with a great run cutting in from the left past three Rangers defenders but the shot was just too high as it went narrowly over. A couple of minutes later Rangers showed commitment and desire to keep a clean sheet, with Aberdeen through on the left side of the penalty area Brian Kinnear came from his line to make a super save low to his right and was back on his feet to block the second effort with his legs, when the third effort beat the Rangers keeper Lewis McGrattan popped up to clear from the line.

Just after the final period’s turn round Billy Gilmour’s pass saw Dapo Mebude outpace his marker but couldn’t quite beat the keeper who came rushing from his line to block. A superb Dapo Mebude run down the right started the move that produced Rangers fifth, the ball moved through Billy Gilmour and Lewis McGrattan to Niyah Joseph inside the left side of the box, the keeper got down to parry his shot, but only into the path of Lewis McGrattan who knocked the ball into the net.

In the final minute a through ball sent Niyah Joseph clear from a narrowly offside position and he shot past the keeper, no one was surprised when the referee disallowed the goal for offside but were astounded when he showed the Rangers player a second yellow and subsequent red card. The visitors still had time to have a final shot on goal from distance that Brian Kinnear comfortably tipped over.

Full-Time:- Rangers 5 Aberdeen 0

Rangers Squad:- Nicky Hogarth (Gk), Brian Kinnear (Gk), Nathan Patterson, Andy Rodden, Ruarhdi McIntyre, Danny Finlayson, Ben Williamson, Kieran McKechnie, Billy Gilmour, Dapo Mebude, Dylan Patterson, Zac Butterworth, Lewis McGrattan, Aiden Gibb, Niyah Joseph.

Footnote:- At the same time on the artificial pitch a Matty Yates hat-trick and a goal from Kai Kennedy secured a 4-3 win for the Under 13’s.

Meanwhile at Balgownie Playing fields in Aberdeen goals from Ross McCrorie, Aidan Wilson, Kyle Clark & Andy Dallas saw the 17’s win 4-0. Rangers 15’s went one better winning 5-0 but I don’t know the goalscorers.

14’s Lose To Hibs

March 1, 2015

Rangers 1 Hibernian 3

Rangers Under 14’s lost to Hibs at Murray Park this afternoon, with the visitor’s highly rated striker, who only played for the second forty-five minute, being the difference between the teams. Rangers dominated the first period but didn’t create a lot of chances against the two giant centre backs in the Hibs defence. The best chance came as the period entered the final ten minutes, Dylan Patterson played the ball over the top of the Hibs defence to release Dapo Mebude on the right side of the box with the keeper touching his shot wide of his left hand post.

The second period was five minutes old when Hibs took the lead with their first real attack of the game, a clearance from the keeper was helped on leaving their striker in the clear to continue into the box and shoot past Nicky Hogarth. Less than five minutes later when one of the Hibs centre backs miscued a header from a Nicky Hogarth clearance it presented Kieran McKechnie with a chance on the right side of the box but was denied by a superb challenge from the visitor’s left-back.

Just after the ten minute mark of the period Rangers drew level, when Kieran McKechnie played the ball up to Dapo Mebude at the edge of the box a superb touch and turn took him clear of the defence allowing him to continue into the box and shoot past the keeper. Less than ten minutes later Hibs attacked the right side of Rangers box, when it was passed inside their player went past Nicky Hogarth and a goal looked certain until Nathan Patterson got back to make a superb clearance.

The game turned in the final minute of the period, Nathan Patterson cut in from the right and when he passed across the edge of the box Ben Williamson allowed the ball to run to Billy Gilmour, his shot was saved by the keeper who launched the ball forward leaving the Hibs striker one on one with Danny Finlayson, he went past the Rangers defender and into the box before shooting past Nicky Hogarth.

Seven minutes into the final period Billy Gilmour played Dapo Mebude through on the right side of the box, he dinked the ball past the advancing keeper but it lacked power and the defender got back to clear comfortably. A few minutes later another Hibs clearance was gathered by their striker who easily went past a couple of defenders before shooting past Brian Kinnear. Within a minute Hibs attacked again and  a shot from the right hand angle of the area had Brian Kinnear diving to his right to produce a fine save.

Rangers had a chance just after the final period turn around, Dylan Patterson in possession just outside the left side of the Hibs penalty box passed inside to Billy Gilmour, who’s shot from the edge of the box had the keeper diving to his right to turn the ball wide. Rangers next attack saw Kieran McKechnie get the right hand byline, his cross found its way to the trialist  at the back post and his effort from a tight angle was saved by the keeper.

The final chance came from a slack Danny Finlayson pass across the edge of his own penalty area, from the powerful shot Brian Kinnear got down to his right to produce a fine save and deny the Hibs striker a hat-trick.

Full-Time:- Rangers 1 Hibernian 3

Rangers Squad:- Nicky Hogarth (Gk), Brian Kinnear (Gk), Nathan Patterson, Andy Rodden, Ruarhdi McIntyre, Danny Finlayson, Scott Blacklaw, Kieran McKechnie, Billy Gilmour, Dapo Mebude, Lewis McGrattan, Dylan Patterson, Zac Butterworth, Ben Williamson, Aiden Gibb, Trialist.

Footnote:- Earlier Rangers Under 13’s beat their Hibernian counterparts 2-0 with the goals coming from Kai Kennedy & Blair Rossiter. Meanwhile through in Tranent at the Hibs Training Centre the Under 15’s went down 1-0 to a first half penalty.