Archive for February, 2016

17’s Beat Celtic Again

February 28, 2016

Rangers 2 Celtic 0

Rangers Under 17’s made it three wins and a draw in their four meetings with Celtic this season. Once Jack Thomson’s penalty had given Rangers a first half lead Celtic never really looked like turning the game around and Jordan Houston’s second-half strike made the points secure.

Celtic, coached by Michael O’Halloran senior, opted to field the one overage outfield player and an overage goalkeeper that the rules allow, Rangers fielded all under 17’s.

The early exchanges failed to produce any clear cut chances with some good defensive blocks and weak shooting meant neither keeper was troubled until almost half an hour had elapsed. Celtic creating the first real chance when Kieran Campbell’s throw in on the right allowed Michael Johnston to get to the byline on the right side of the box, he cut the ball back to Jack Aitchison and it took a superb Kieran Wright save low to his right to divert the ball over. Within minutes Rangers attacked on the right through Jordan Houston who passed to Stephen Kelly and his shot from the edge of the box forced a save from Conor Hazard low to his left.

Four minutes before the break Rangers took the lead from the penalty spot. Jason Krones sent Zak Rudden down the right who passed to Andy Dallas inside the box, when he tried to turn Stephen Welsh the defender came through the back of him for a clear penalty with Jack Thomson beating Conor Hazard low to his right from the spot. Two minutes later a corner from the right was cleared to the edge of the box and Kieran Balfour’s effort was just too high.

Half-Time:- Rangers 1 Celtic 0

Celtic threatened from an early corner in the second-half when Wallace Duffy rose to meet Michael Johnston’s delivery from the left but headed over. A few minutes later some close passing on the edge of the box teed up a shooting chance for Michael Johnston but again the effort was too high. 

As the hour mark approached the visitor’s threatened with an attack down the right, Shaun Bowers progressed in to the right side of the penalty area and his centre was poked goalwards by Michael Johnston to setup a scramble in front of goal that ended when Kieran Wright got his hands on the ball. Rangers then made the game safe with a second goal in the seventy-fifth minute. Stephen Kelly passed to Andy Dallas on the left, he laid the ball back to Kyle Bradley and although his cross into the box was behind Stephen Kelly he got a touch to help the ball on to Jordan Houston who cut inside Daniel Church before shooting across Conor Hazard into the far top corner.

Full-Time:- Rangers 2 Celtic 0

Rangers:- Kieran Wright; Jordan Houston, Jason Krones, Lewis Mayo, Kyle Bradley; Jack Thomson; Kieran Balfour (Mati Zata 62 mins), Liam Burt (Aidan Wilson 57 mins); Andy Dallas (Rhys Breen 84 mins), Zak Rudden, Stephen Kelly (Billy Gilmour 87mins)

Celtic:- Conor Hazard; Shaun Bowers, Stephen Welsh, Wallace Duffy, Daniel Church; Kieran Campbell (Ewan Henderson 84 mins), Lewis Bell (Ross McLaughlin 57 mins), Daniel Higgins, Kerr McInroy (Christian Antoniazzi 69 mins); Michael Johnston; Jack Aitchison.

Comfortable Win For 20’s

February 26, 2016

Rangers 3 Dunfermline Athletic 0

Rangers Development side put Monday’s disappointing defeat to Thistle behind them with a comfortable win against Dunfermline at Murray Park this afternoon. The Rangers youngsters dominated and never at any stage looked like losing the game.

Goalmouth action was at a premium in the the early stages and the only significant event came on eighteen minutes when Jamie Barjonas picked up an injury and was replaced by Max Ashmore. More than half an hour had elapsed when Ross Lyon shot over from around twenty-five yards.

The game burst into live with six minutes of the half remaining, Ross Lyon in possession on the edge of the box passed to Scott Roberts who’s shot was only just wide of Cammy Gill’s left hand post.The visitor’s replied when Liam Coogans picked out James Thomas inside the left side of the Rangers penalty area but his effort was weak and Robbie McCrorie saved comfortably low to his left.

Rangers went straight back up the other end and Ross Lyon cut in from the left past a defender before shooting narrowly over. Right on the stroke of half-time Rangers took the lead, Rory Currie on the edge of the box passed to Jordan Gibson to his left and a good turn and shot beat Cammy Gill low to his left.

Half-Time:- Rangers 1 Dunfermline Athletic o

Rangers doubled their lead on fifty-seven minutes, Ross Lyon swung in a corner from the left to the near post and Cammy Gill under pressure miscued his punch and the ball landed in the net for an Own Goal. Less than five minutes later a corner at the other end caused the Rangers defence a few problems with Ross Lyon clearing James Thomas’s shot from the line.

A fine move on seventy minutes carved out a chance for Rangers, Jamie Mills on the left passed the ball back to Max Ashmore who moved it inside to Scott Roberts. The midfielder fed the ball to Rory Currie inside the penalty area, who then laid it back to Scott Roberts who’s shot was deflected just wide of the keeper’s right hand post. With twelve minutes remaining Scott Roberts sent Rory Currie through on the left side of the penalty area but he shot wide of the near post.

Two minutes later Rangers scored a third, Josh Jeffries passed to Scott Roberts who attacked into the left side of the penalty area before passing the ball across Cammy Gill and into the far corner of the net. With six minutes remaining Tom Lang limped off as Rangers continued with ten men.

It was the ten men who created the next chance, Jamie Brandon attacked the right side of the box before passing to Jordan Gibson who was denied by a fine one handed save from Cammy Gill. Rangers were reduced to nine men in the final minute when Josh Jeffries was shown a straight red card for aiming a kick at an opponent.

Full-Time:- Rangers 3 Dunfermline Athletic 0

Rangers:- Robbie McCrorie; Ryan Simmanon (Josh Jeffries 68 mins), Tom Lang, David Brownlie, Jamie Mills; Jamie Barjonas (Max Ashmore 18 mins); Scott Roberts, Ross Lyon; Makhi Leacock-McLeod (Jamie Brandon 51 mins), Rory Currie, Jordan Gibson.

Not Used:- Kieran Wright (Gk), Lewis White, Dylan Dykes.

Dunfermline:- Cammy Gill; Ryan Williamson (James Henderson 75 mins), Stuart Morrison, Jordan Orru, Josh Robertson; Robbie Crawford (Reece Duncan HT), Evan Horne, Johnny Galloway (Brandon Luke 77 mins), Cammy McClair; Liam Coogans, James Thomas.

Not Used:- Josh Dunn (Gk), Scott Sutherland, John Potter.

Comfortable Win For 16’s

February 24, 2016

Rangers 7 Partick Thistle 2

Rangers took on Partick Thistle in an under 16’s friendly at Murray Park tonight, the Rangers squad was boosted by  three under 17’s including Swedish trialist Max Ollsson who impressed by grabbing a hat-trick.

Ranger took only five minutes to break the deadlock, Matthew Shiels dispossessed a defender and broke into the left side of the penalty area before passing inside to Max Ollsson who showed good composure before firing into the net. Four minutes later a superb Billy Gilmour pass released Mathew Shiels inside the right side of the box, on this occasion the keeper saved low to his left and reacted to divert Matthew Shiels effort from the rebound behind for a corner.

On twelve minutes Premyslaw Dachnowicz broke forward from defence before passing to Max Ollsson who forced a save from the keeper with a shot from the edge of the box. Thistle had their first real effort on goal on twenty minutes, with Lewis Muir saving the shot from the edge of the box.

Five minutes later Lewis Muir bettered that save when he dived high to his right to tip a thirty yarder over. From the resultant corner Rangers broke quickly to double their lead. Mati Zata carried the ball deep into the Thistle half before passing to Max Ollsson who went past a defender before shooting past the keeper. The third goal came just after the half-hour, Matthew Shiels shot from inside the box was blocked but the ball broke to Mati Zata inside the right side of the penalty area and he shot high past the keeper.

Almost immediately a Mati Zata pass sent Matthew Shiels racing into the left side of the penalty area with the visitor’s keeper blocking his shot with his legs.

Half-Time:- Rangers 3 Partick Thistle 0

It took Rangers only two minutes of the second half to increase their lead with a well constructed goal. Matthew Shiels cut in from the right and passed to Mati Zata, a series of short passes involving Mati Zata, Carlo Pignatiello and Matthew Shiels released Mati Zata inside the left side of the box and he shot high past the keeper. Barely five minutes later Scott Gray attacking on the left picked out Max Ollsson inside the penalty area with the keeper saving his effort from a narrow angle at his near post.

The next goal was only delayed a further three minutes, it started when Carlo Pignatiello broke before feeding Jack Adamson on the left, his cross was beyond the back post where Matthew Shiels knocked the ball back across goal for Max Ollsson to complete his hat-trick from close range. Just before the hour Mati Zata attacked deep into the left side of the Thistle box before shooting across the keeper but the ball bounced clear of the far post.

Thistle reduced the deficit as the game entered the last quarter-hour, the attack originated down the right, the cross beyond the back post was gathered and cut back for ball to be fired past Lewis Muir. Rangers replied immediately and when Max Ollsson, in possession on the left, laid the ball back to Premyslaw Dachnowicz whose effort from the left hand angle found the net despite the best efforts of the Thistle keeper.

Goal number seven soon followed, Premyslaw Dachnowicz headed for the left hand byline and Dapo Mebude’s superb first time effort from his cross looked net bound but rebounded off the inside of the keeper’s right hand post, a defender then made a block on Max Ollsson’s shot from the rebound but the defence was helpless as Dapo Mebude found the net with a third shot. To Thistle’s credit they completed the scoring with five minutes remaining, when a cross from the left was headed out, it went to a Thistle player on the edge of the box and the shot through a crowded box found the net.

Full-Time:- Rangers 7 Partick Thistle 2

Rangers:- Lewis Muir; Michael Hewitt, Premyslaw Dachnowicz, Rhys Breen, Scott Gray (Danny Finlayson 59 mins); Cammy Palmer; Carlo Pignatiello, Mati Zata (Josh McPake 65 mins); Billy Gilmour (Jack Adamson HT), Max Ollsson, Matthew Shiels (Dapo Mebude 65 mins).

Not Used:- Nicky Hogarth (Gk)

First Half Performance Secures Win

February 18, 2016

Falkirk 1 Rangers 4

A much improved first-half performance saw Rangers Under 20’s race into a four goal lead and halt what has been a poor run of recent results. The home side came more into the game after the break but by then Rangers had secured the points.

Falkirk took the game to Rangers in the early minutes and it took a couple of decent defensive blocks to prevent a shot testing Robbie McCrorie. Rangers  capitalised on the good defensive play by opening the scoring on five minutes with their first serious attack. Ryan Sinnamon switched the play from right to Liam Burt on the left, he went past Mark Finlayson as he headed for the byline before  passing to Scott Roberts in the centre to net from close range. The home side responded from a Mark Finlayson cross from the right that had Taylor Evans stretching to volley at the back post that Robbie McCrorie saved low to his right.

Rangers doubled their lead on twenty minutes when Jamie Mills broke forward before sending Mekhi Leacock-McLeod through on goal and he beat Lewis McMinn with a cool finish. The third goal came less than five minutes later, Scott Roberts cut in from the left before exchanging passes with Jordan Thomson and beating Lewis McMinn low to his right from the edge of the box.

Ten minutes later a superb Liam Burt pass sent Scott Roberts racing clear from halfway and he continued into the box before slotting the ball past Lewis McMinn and complete his hat-trick. The home side rallied and created a couple of chances in the closing minutes of the half. Jordan Thomson lost possession twenty-five yards from goal and Cameron Blues strike took a wicked deflection off Tom Lang but Robbie McCrorie got down to his left to make the save. Then from a free-kick right on the edge of the penalty area Scott Shepherd’s initial strike came back off the wall to Cameron Blues who forced a fine save, diving to his left from Robbie McCrorie.

Half-Time:- Falkirk 0 Rangers 4

Rangers were first to threaten after the break, Ryan Sinnamon switched played to Liam Burt on the left side of the box, he took on two defenders before trying to beat the keeper but his effort went wide of the near post. Cameron Eadie then sent a long ball towards the Rangers box which was controlled by Kevin O’Hara who shot straight at Robbie McCrorie.

Rangers had a scare just after the hour when Tom Lang’s pass back looked destined for the net until Robbie McCrorie raced back to clear before the ball crossed the line. Falkirk’s consolation came with twenty minutes remaining, Cameron Blues sent Mark Finlayson down the right, he passed inside to Taylor Evans who fired into the top corner from just inside the box.

The only things of note in the final twenty minutes were the five further substitutions as the game was tamely played out for a comfortable Rangers win.

Full-Time:- Falkirk 1 Rangers 4

Falkirk:- Lewis McMinn; Mark Finlayson, Cameron Eadie (Alan Maybury 74 mins), Kyle Johnson, Tony Gallagher; Taylor Evans (Cameron Taylor 80 mins), Reis Peggie, Cameron Blues, Cieran Dunne; Scott Shepherd (Aidan Maxwell 72 mins), Kevin O’Hara.

Not Used:- Deniz Mehmet (Gk).

Rangers:- Robbie McCrorie; Ryan Sinnamon, Tom Lang, Ross McCrorie, Jamie Mills; Jamie Barjonas; Jordan Thompson, Dylan Dykes (Jamie Brandon 71 mins); Mekhi Leacock-McLeod, Scott Roberts (Josh Jeffries 77 mins), Liam Burt (Ross Lyon 61 mins).

Not Used:- Kieran Wright, Max Ashmore, David Brownlie, Jordan Gibson.

Rangers 1 Hamilton Accies 1

Last night Rangers took on Hamilton Accies in an Under 16’s friendly at Murray Park, Rangers possibly edged it in terms of quality of chances but a draw was probably fair on both sides.

The first chance came on six minutes when Danny Finlayson rose to meet Carlo Pignatiello’s corner from the left, his header was powerful but straight at the keeper. Rangers then carved out a great chance just before the quarter-hour, Carlo Pignatiello and Billy Gilmour created the opportunity for Matthew Shiels inside the right side of the penalty area but he was denied by a fine save low to the keeper’s right.

On twenty-five minutes a move down the left involving Cammy Palmer, Michael Hewitt and Billy Gilmour setup a shooting chance for the latter, the keeper looked to have it covered but was fortunate to scoop the ball wide of the far post. Ten minutes later Lewis Muir was caught in possession and only a superb block from Carlo Pignatiello prevented a goal as the ball was struck towards the unguarded net.

The visitors then created another opportunity right on the half-time whistle, on this occasion Lewis Muir dived high to his left to produce a fine save from the shot which came from the right hand angle of the box.

Half-Time:- Rangers 0 Hamilton Accies 0

Rangers took the lead with the second-half five minutes old, Billy Gilmour passed into the box from the left and it broke to Mati Zata who moved it on to Matthew Shiels to his right, the striker’s initial shot was blocked by the keeper but he pounced on the rebound to fire the ball into the net. Hamilton replied with an attack down the right, when the ball was passed inside and a subsequent shot on goal which was comfortably saved by Lewis Muir.

Just after the hour mark Accies drew level, the attack started on the left, when the cross came in Carlo Pignatiello cleared to the edge of the box, from where a shot beat Lewis Muir with the aid of a significant deflection. Rangers tried to restore their lead immediately, Danny Finlayson’s long ball found Mati Zata breaking into the box with the keeper racing from his line to block.

With twenty minutes remaining the ball broke for Dapo Mebude inside the box, his first effort was blocked and from the rebound it took a superb save to deny the Rangers striker a goal. From the resultant corner, delivered by Carlo Pignatiello from the left, Mati Zata’s header forced the keeper to leap and tip over.

Accies then attacked a broke through the inside left channel and into the box ,with Lewis Muir racing from his goal to make a fine block. With a quarter-hour remaining Zac Butterworth sent Dapo Mebude through and it took a great tackle from the keeper to clear the danger. Ten minutes later Accies attacked down the right and the cross was a dangerous one until it was superbly plucked out the air by Lewis Muir.

There was no further scoring but it was decided to finish the game with a penalty shoot out which Hamilton Accies won 5-4. Matthew Shiels, Carlo Pignatiello, Premyslaw Dachnowicz and Dapo Mebude all scored with Mati Zata the unfortunate Rangers player to see his effort saved.

Full-Time:- Rangers 1 Hamilton Accies 1

Rangers:- Lewis Muir; Premyslaw Dachnowicz, Danny Finalyson, Rhys Breen, Michael Hewitt (Aiden Gibb 72 mins); Cammy Palmer (Dapo Mebude 60 mins); Carlo Pignatiello, Stephen Kelly; Billy Gilmour (Zac Butterworth 72 mins), Matthew Shiels, Mati Zata.

Youth Round Up

February 14, 2016

This weekend youth football fix was a double-header against Hamilton Accies at Murray Park. First up in the morning was the Under 15’s clash, Rangers seemed to be in control when they went two up but Accies came back to win it with three goals in the last twenty-five minutes.

Rangers 2 Hamilton Accies 3

The first real attack of the match came on twelve minutes, Billy Gilmour took on the Accies defence on the left, leaving  a couple of defenders in his wake, he made his way into the box and his shot from a narrow angle was diverted behind by the keeper. From the short corner on the left Kieran McKechnie shot from just inside the box which was parried by the keeper and knocked wide of the far post by Zac Butterworth.

Less than five minutes later Billy Gilmour headed the ball forward to Dapo Mebude who exchanged passes with the midfielder before firing narrowly over. Just before the half hour mark Billy Gilmour split the Accies defence to pick out Kieran McKechnie inside the right side of the penalty area, his shot beat the keeper but bounced clear off the inside of his right hand post.

A couple of minutes before the break Ben Williamson tested the keeper from a thirty yard free-kick that he tipped over.

Half-Time:- Rangers 0 Hamilton Accies 0

The visitors who hadn’t threatened in the first period came close in the early minutes of the second-half, their right back broke forward and when the ball was moved across to the left hand angle of the box the shot came back off Rangers crossbar. They threatened again just after the hour with an attack on left, a one-two took them in to the penalty area but the shot went wide of the near post.

Rangers responded by taking the lead, Billy Gilmour’s pass sent Dapo Mebude in the clear and he continued into the box before shooting past the keeper. A couple of minutes later Lewis McGrattan and Dapo Mebude combined to send the ball to Zac Butterworth on the right, his cross picked out Billy Gilmour inside the box whose header was just wide of the keeper’s right hand post.

We only had to wait a further minute for Rangers to double their lead, Nathan Patterson attacked down the right and when he crossed into the box it was cleared to the edge where Dapo Mebude shot through a crowded box and into the net. Accies replied to reducing the deficit immediately, a corner from the left wasn’t cleared by the Rangers defence and a shot was fired past Nicky Hogarth.

With thirteen minutes remaining the visitor’s drew level,  a free-kick into box from wide left was headed goalwards, Nicky Hogarth dived to his left to produce a fine save but was helpless to prevent the rebound being knocked into the net. What had looked an unlikely comeback was completed with three minutes left on the clock, the attack on the right took them into the penalty area and the ball was fired into the net.

Full-Time:- Rangers 2 Hamilton Accies 3

Rangers:- Nicky Hogarth; Nathan Patterson, Aiden Gibb, Danny Finlayson, Jamie Walker (Andy Rodden 65 mins); Ben Williamson (Ross Young 60 mins); Josh McPake (Owen McGinty 65 mins), Billy Gilmour; Kieran McKechnie (Lewis McGrattan 52 mins), Dapo Mebude, Zac Butterworth.

Next up in the afternoon was the top of the table clash at Under 17’s which Rangers won comfortably, gaining revenge for their defeat at New Douglas Park earlier in the season.

Rangers 3 Hamilton Accies 1

The half had almost reached its midpoint before there was any real threat to either goal, Zak Rudden sending Liam Burt down the left, he continued into the box before shooting across goal and wide of the far post. Just before the half hour mark Rangers took the lead, Sam Jamieson’s chest layoff fed Zak Rudden on the left and when Accies defender O’Halloran slipped the Rangers striker had free run into the box to shoot past keeper McCracken.

A couple of minutes later Liam Burt played the ball forward to Andy Dallas on the edge of the box and his effort forced McCracken to tip over. The keeper was called into action again a minute later, Jamie Barjonas attacking on the right and Zak Rudden’s header from his cross forced a save from McCraken low to his right.

Right on the half-time whistle Andy Dallas teed up Liam Burt for a twenty-five yarder that was powerful enough but straight at keeper McCraken.

Half-Time:- Rangers 1 Hamilton Accies 0

The first real chance of the second half came almost twenty minutes in and it was the visitors who threatened, Scullion’s corner from the left found its way to O’Hare at the back post but he knocked his effort wide. Less than five minutes later Accies had a penalty shout as their player went down as he made his was from right to left across the box. The assistant appeared to have indicated a penalty, as play raged on and Rangers attacked and the ball was cleared behin, the referee then consulted his assistant and restarted the game with a Rangers a corner.

Rangers doubled their lead as the last quarter-hour approached, Jack Thomson won the ball on halfway and sent Jamie Barjonas through, he was impeded by both O’Halloran and McCracken inside the box and the other assistant indicated a penalty which the midfielder converted. Rangers third goal came five minutes later, Zak Rudden’s pass inside full-back Boyd sent Jamie Barjonas to the left hand byline, McCracken got a hand to the cross but knocked his straight to Aidan Wilson who blasted the ball into the net.

Accies then created a chance when Boyd overlapped on the right and passed inside to O’Hare and it took a fine Kieran Wright save to turn the ball over. Scullion curled in the corner from the left and the last touch before it crossed the line appeared to come from Aidan Wilson for an own goal.

Full-Time:- Rangers 3 Hamilton Accies 1

Rangers:- Kieran Wright; Jordan Houston, Jason Krones, Lewis Mayo, Kyle Bradley (Aidan Wilson 51 mins); Jamie Barjonas; Jack Thomson, Liam Burt; Sam Jamieson (Kieran Balfour 66 mins), Zak Rudden (Matthew Shiels 87 mins), Andy Dallas (Mati Zata 90 mins).

Not Used:- Lewis Muir (Gk), Stephen Kelly.

Hamilton Accies:- McCracken; Boyd, O’Halloran, Granger, Quitongo; Ferguson; Smith (Henry 79 mins), Sheridan (O’Hare 59 mins), Connolly, Scullion; Kelly.

Footnote:- Rangers Under 13’s won 4-1 at New Douglas Park, the goals coming from Robbie Fraser, Dire Mebude, Alex Lowry & Matthew Collins.

Under 20’s Poor Run Continues

February 12, 2016

Motherwell 1 Rangers 0

Rangers Under 20’s slipped to their fifth consecutive competitive defeat this afternoon against Motherwell at the Excelsior Stadium as their poor run of form continues. The game was decided from the penalty spot just after the hour mark with what was Motherwell’s only real chance of the match. Rangers had been a bit better and had missed a couple of good opportunities to take the lead.

Rangers passed up a great opportunity to open the scoring in the sixth minute, Meki Leacock-McLeod robbed Luke Watt wide on the left, he passed to Ryan Hardie inside the box, who elected to move the ball on to Dylan Dykes who in turn passed to Josh Jeffries unmarked inside the right side of the penalty area but his dragged his shot wide of the near post. Rangers again came close on eighteen minutes and this occasion they were unfortunate not to find the net. Dylan Dykes found Ryan Hardie inside the right side of the penalty area and continued his run to receive the return pass but his shot came back off PJ Morrison’s left hand post with Josh Jeffries firing the rebound narrowly over.

A couple of minutes later Josh Thompson was in possession just outside the Motherwell box and when challenged the ball broke to Ryan Hardie inside the right hand side of the penalty area, he tried to curl a shot over the keeper but PJ Morrison saved comfortably.

Half-Time:- Motherwell 0 Rangers 0

Rangers passed up another great chance on the hour mark when David Brownlie lost his marker to get on the end of Jordan Thonpson’s free-kick from the left but headed over. Within two minutes Motherwell capitalised on the let off by taking the lead, Jake Hastie took on David Brownlie on the left and as they entered the penalty area he was brought down by the Rangers defender and the referee pointed to the spot with Ross McLean stepping up to convert.

When the ball broke to Ross McLean on the edge of the Rangers box  a few minutes later it presented a shooting opportunity that Robbie McCrorie saved comfortably low to his right. With four minutes remaining Ross McCrorie sustained a head knock and with all three substitutes already used Rangers played out the game with ten men.

Rangers had one final chance to draw level, Jordan Thompson’s long ball broke of Luke Watt to Ryan Hardie on just outside the box, his reverse pass released Scott Roberts inside the right side of the area but PJ Morrison stood up to knock the ball behind for a corner. The final significant act of the game saw Ross McLean impede Ross Lyon as he broke forward. Having already been booked for a foul on Mekhi Leacock-McLeod the referee showed him a second yellow and a subsequent red card.

Full-Time:-Motherwell 1 Rangers 0

Motherwell:- PJ Morrison; Jack McMillan, Barry Maguire, Luke Watt, Adam Livingston; Allan Campbell; Ross McLean, David Turnball, Robbie Leitch, Jake Hastie; Dylan Falconer (James Scott 83 mins).

Not Used:- Brett Long (Gk), Josh Moore, ????? Guthrie, ????? Leighton.

Rangers:- Robbie McCrorie (Gk), Ryan Sinnamon, David Brownlie, Ross McCrorie, Lewis White; Max Ashmore (Ross Lyon 73 mins); Dylan Dykes, Jordan Thompson, Mekhi Leacock-McLeod (Scott Roberts 60 mins), Ryan Hardie, Josh Jeffries (Jordan Gibson 68 mins).

Not Used:- Kieran Wright (Gk), Jamie Brandon, Rory Currie, Tom Lang.

Another Late Shock For 20’s

February 8, 2016

Rangers 1 Falkirk 2

For the second home game running Rangers lost to a last minute strike at Murray Park tonight. On this occasion it was a bad error from goalkeeper Maciej Gostomski that presented Falkirk with the three points.

Rangers started the game on the front foot and in the second minute Max Ashmore played the ball out to Jordan Gibson on the left, he cut inside and hit a powerful shot but it was straight at keeper Deniz Mehmet. Six minutes later Ryan Hardie latched on to a long ball, he was forced wide by Deniz Mehmet and when he shot at goal Kyle Johnson deflected the ball behind.

Rangers continued to press and with the Falkirk defence struggling to clear a corner from their penalty area the ball eventually fell for Jordan Gibson on the left side of the box and he was denied by a Deniz Mehmet save low to his left. The visitors had their first significant attack a minute later, David Smith attacked down the right and when his cross came into the box Kevin O’Hara headed straight at Maciej Gostomski.

Falkirk threatened again on twenty minutes, from Deniz Mehmet’s clearance David Smith held off Ross McCrorie as he entered the right side of the box but shot across goal and wide of the far post. Just before the half-hour mark Josh Jeffries passed to Jordan Gibson wide on the left, he cut inside before passing to Jordan Thompson who made space for a shot which was only just too high.

Half-Time:- Rangers 0 Falkirk 0

Only a brilliant point-blank save prevented Rangers taking the lead seven minutes after the break, Josh Jeffries took on the defence on the right side of the box and Jordan Gibson seemed certain to score from his low centre but somehow Denis Mehmet managed to block and a defender completed the clearance. Within sixty seconds Ryan Hardie won an aerial challenge with Kyle Johnson which allowed him to break towards the right side of the penalty area, he passed inside to Jordan Gibson who shot over from a good position.

On seventy-two minutes there was a chance at either end, first a Ryan Sinnamon cross from the right was miscued by Alan Maybury and Deniz Mehmet was forced to make the save. At the other end David Smith attacked along the right hand byline before firing a shot of Maciej Gostomski’s left hand post.

Rangers broke the deadlock with a quarter hour remaining, Mekhi Leacock-McLeod played a short corner on the right back to Ryan Sinnamon and from his cross David Brownlie rose to power a header past Deniz Mehmet. Rangers came close a couple of minutes later, Jamie Mills on the left side of the box passed inside to Jordan Thompson who’s shot was saved by Deniz Mehmet low to his left.

The game’s turning point came in Rangers next attack when Mekhi Leacock-McLeod was brought down inside the box but the referee waved play on. The visitor’s capitalised on the let off by equalising a couple of minutes later, Myles Hippolyte was midway inside Rangers half when he started the move by passing out to the left, he then made his way into the box to net Tony Gallagher’s low cross from close range.

Rangers responded and when Scott Roberts picked out Jordan Thompson after attacking down the left it took a last ditch challenge to deflect his shot over. With the game in the dying seconds Myles Hippolyte hit a speculative effort from fully thirty yards which Maciej Gostomski should have dealt with but spilled the ball and presented Bob McHugh with a simple task of knocking the ball into the net.

Full-Time:- Rangers 1 Falkirk 2

Rangers:- Maciej Gostomski; Ryan Sinnamon, David Brownlie, Ross McCrorie, Jamie Mills; Max Ashmore; Dylan Dykes (Ross Lyon 82 mins), Jordan Thompson; Josh Jeffries (Mekhi Leacock-McLeod 74 mins), Ryan Hardie, Jordan Gibson (Scott Roberts 76 mins).

Not Used:- Robbie McCrorie (Gk), Tom Lang, Jamie Brandon, Rory Currie.

Falkirk:- Deniz Mehmet; Cameron Eadie (Alan Maybury 69 mins), Kyle Johnson, Tony Gallagher; David Smith, Cameron Blues, Reis Peggie (Conor Langton 69 mins), Myles Hippolyte; Kevin O’Hara; Bob McHugh.

Not Used:- Lewis McMinn (Gk), Taylor Evans, Cameron Taylor.

Poor Week For 17’s

February 3, 2016

Rangers 2 Partick Thistle 3

Following from last week’s 4-1 loss to Queen’s Park in a Glasgow Cup Sectional tie Rangers 17’s lost to a Partick Thistle side against who they had scored twelve goals without reply in the two previous meetings this season.

Rangers were having the bulk of possession but there was twenty minutes on the clock before the first real opportunity, a Jamie Bajonas pass sending Sam Jamieson through on the right side of the penalty area with the keeper saving at his near post at the expense of a corner. Just after the hour another Jamie Barjonas pass created a chance on the right side of the penalty area, this time for Zak Rudden but again the Thistle keeper made the save.

Within a couple of minutes a Zak Rudden pass on the left edge of the box picked out Kyle Bradley breaking into the box, he shot across the keeper but wide of the far post. Within a minute Sam Jamieson was through on the left side of the box and the visitor’s keeper stood up to make the block.

Five minutes before the break Thistle hit Rangers with a sucker punch, they progressed to the byline on the right and the cross saw a near post header planted past Kieran Wright.

Half-Time:- Rangers 0 Partick Thistle 1

Against expectations it was Thistle that had the lightning start to the second half, scoring twice in the eight and ninth minutes. The first came from an attack on the right where a one-two opened up the Rangers defence and the ball was fired past Kieran Wright. A minute later their winger got to the byline on the left and his low cross was converted at close range.

On the hour mark another Thistle attack on the left side of the box forced a save from Kieran Wright low to his left with Jack Thomson well placed to knock the ball behind for a corner. Rangers were not really threatening and there was only eleven minutes left when the eventually pulled a goal back. A long ball sent Zak Rudden down the right and from his cross Andy Dallas bulleted a header past the keeper.

With the clock ticking to the eighty-seven minutes Jack Thomson worked along the eighteen yard line from right to left before threading a pass through to Matthew Shiels who poked the ball past the keeper, the ball rebounded of the inside of the far post and rolled along the line back to the Rangers sub who squared for Zak Rudden to knock the ball into the net. As the game entered in jury time a good run from Matthew Shiels created a shooting chance on the left side of the box from which the keeper seemed to make a more spectacular save than was necessary.

Full-Time:- Rangers 2 Partick Thistle 3

Rangers:- Kieran Wright; Jordan Houston (Scott Gray 60 mins), Jason Krones, Aidan Wilson, Kyle Bradley; Jack Thomson; Jamie Barjonas, Stephen Kelly (Kieran Balfour 59 mins); Sam Jamieson (Andy Dallas HT), Zak Rudden, Rory Currie (Matthew Shiels HT).

Not Used:- Lewis Muir (Gk), Lewis Mayo.

Development Defeat At Lennoxtown

February 1, 2016

Celtic 3 Rangers 0

Rangers went down to Celtic in this afternoon’s Development League game at a very windy Lennoxtown. The young Rangers side never troubled Leo Fasan in the Celtic goal as they were over powered by a more experienced and physically stronger home side.

With both side struggling to master the conditions goalmouth action was at a premium and there was over half an hour gone before there was a significant effort on goal. it came from a free-kick on the right, Charlie Mulgrew sent the ball towards the back post where Fiacre Kelleher headed wide. The home side made the breakthrough a minute before the break, Ryan Christie passed inside Ryan Sinnamon to release Calvin Miller on the left and his low cross was knocked past Robbie McCrorie by Aiden Nesbitt.

Before the half-time whistle Tony Ralston hit the byline on the right and it took a superb Ryan Sinnamon challenge to deny Ryan Christie at the back post.

Half-Time:- Celtic 1 Rangers 0

The second half was four minutes old when Celtic doubled their lead, Paul McMullen latched on to a poor Robbie McCrorie clearance, the Rangers keeper did well to parry his shot from deep inside the right side of the penalty area but the ball went straight to Ryan Christie who fired into the net. Within three minutes the homes scored again, with Rangers struggling to clear the ball from the penalty area it eventually fell for Aiden Nesbitt on the right side of the box and he shot across Robbie McCrorie and into the net.

Celtic were giving Rangers defence problems and when Paul McMullen attacked on the left he passed inside for Joe Thomson who forced a save from Robbie McCrorie. Just after the hour mark Paul McMullen and Aiden Nesbitt combined on the right side of the box to setup Ryan Christie and Robbie McCrorie got down to his right to save.

Rangers were rarely in the game as an attacking force and there were only four minutes left when Ryan Hardie attacked on the left but his low cross come shot was diverted behind by Fiacre Kelleher.

Full-Time:- Celtic 3 Rangers 0

Celtic:- Leo Fasan; Tony Ralston (Jack Breslin 79 mins), Fiacre Kelleher, Eoghan O’Connell, Calum Waters; Aidan Nesbett, Joe Thomson, Charlie Mulgrew (Mark Hill HT), Calvin Miller (Reagen Hendry 89 mins); Ryan Christie; Paul McMullen.

Not Used:- Ross Doohan (Gk), Jamie McCart, Sam Wardrop, Theo Archibald.

Rangers:- Robbie McCrorie; Ryan Sinnamon, David Brownlie, Ross McCrorie, Jamie Mills; Dylan Dykes; Liam Burt (Jamie Brand, Jordan Thompson; Ross Lyon (Josh Jeffries 56mins), Ryan Hardie, Scott Roberts (Jordan Gibson 56 mins)

Not Used:- Kieran Wright (Gk), Tom Lang, Rory Currie, Max Ashmore.