Archive for March, 2017

A Tale Of Two Errors

March 28, 2017

Rangers 1 Ross County 1

Rangers and Ross County shared the spoils in tonight’s Development League match at Forthbank tonight, both goal were down to individual errors although over the piece a draw was probably the correct result.

The visitors had the first real effort on goal just after the quarter hour mark, a corner from the right was cleared to Davis Keillor-Dunn on the edge of the box and he stepped inside a defender before firing just wide of Kieran Wright’s left hand post. Rangers came close to breaking the deadlock ten minutes later, Aidan Wilson got on the end of Billy Gimour’s corner from the right and his header bounced of the face of the crossbar before being cleared.

Rangers edged ahead just before the half hour mark, Jamie Barjonas and Ross Lyon exchanged a series of passes to progress up the right side of the pitch and when Mark Foden fumbled the latter’s cross Zak Rudden was left with a simple tap in from a couple of yards. County replied when Greg Morrison sent Russell Dingwall down the right and his cross to the back post found Davis Keillor-Dunn who’s header was headed clear by David Bates in front of goal.

Ten minutes before the break Davis Keillor- Dunn threatened again, cutting in from the right before his shot was deflected narrowly wide of the far post.

Half-Time:- Rangers 1 Ross County 0

Early in the second half Jordan Gibson drove towards the penalty area before playing the ball up to Zak Rudden who laid it into the path of Ross Lyon and he saw his shot deflected just wide of the keeper’s right hand post. Billy Gilmour swung in the resultant corner that Zak Rudden headed towards goal where David Bates flicked header looked goal bound until Reghan Tumillty headed from the goal line. Within a minute Reghan Tumillty was breaking down the right and from his cross Greg Morrison’s header bounced on the top of the crossbar on the way over.

On seventy minutes Ross County drew level, Kieran Wright played a short goal kick to Aidan Wilson on the edge of the penalty area where he was caught in possession by Ross McIvor who stepped into the box to prod the ball past Kieran Wright. As the final quarter hour approached Dylan Dykes tried his luck from around twenty five yards and left of centre that had Kieran Wright diving to his left to parry.

Full-Time:- Rangers 1 Ross County 1

Rangers:- Kieran Wright; Jordan Houston (Cammy Palmer 75 mins), David Bates, Aidan Wilson, Kyle Bradley; Max Ashmore, Jamie Barjonas, Billy Gilmour; Ross Lyon (Josh Jeffries 69 mins), Zak Rudden, Jordan Gibson (Andy Dallas 69 mins).

Not Used:- Nicky Hogarth (Gk), Jason Krones, Amin Abaradan, Jack Adamson

Ross County:- Mark Foden; Reghan Tumillty, Matthew Hall, David Brownlie, Blair Malcolm; Ross McIvor, Russell Dingwall, Dylan Dykes, Davis Keillor-Dunn; James Wallace; Greg Morrisson (????? ???? 60 mins)

16’s Edge Out Morton

March 22, 2017

Rangers 1 Morton 0

Rangers Under 16’s edged out Morton in an entertaining game at Murray Park last night, it was a pretty even game which was settled by Niyah Joseph’s second half strike. There was early drama before the game kicked off when the Morton keeper got injured in the warm up. As a result Lewis Budinaukas lined up for Rangers in the first half while Nicky Hogarth was between the sticks for Morton, with the keepers changing sides at half-time.

The visitor’s had an early chance with an attack started down the left, when the ball into the box arrived at the back post the shot flashed across goal and wide of the far post. Rangers best chance came ten minutes before the break when Lewis McGrattan’s pass sent Izzak Ahmed through with Nicky Hogarth advancing from his line to make a brave save and the midfielder’s feet.

Half-Time:- Rangers 0 Morton 0

Like the first half it was Morton who threatened first, working a short corner on the left they moving along the byline before forcing a save from Nicky Hogarth at the near post. Rangers replied just after the hour when Nathan Patterson hit the right hand byline his cross was cleared as far as Ross Young who fired narrowly over.

Midway through the half Niyah Joeseph was played through into the right side of the penalty area only to be denied by Lewis Budinauckas with a fine save, diving high to his left to turn the ball over. The deadlock was broken within five minutes. John Balde crossed from the left and beyond the far post where Matty Yates knocked it back across goal giving Niyah Joseph a simple finish from close range.

Full-Time:- Rangers 1 Morton 0

Rangers Squad:- Lewis Budinauckas (Gk), Nicky Hogarth (Gk), Nathan Patterson, Jamie Walker, Ben Williamson, Aiden Gibb, Jay Mack, Lewis McGrattan, Gregor Woods, Owen McGinty, Izzak Ahmed, Kieran McKechnie, Harris O’Connor, Kai Kennedy, Murray Miller, John Balde, Ross Young, Matty Yates, Niyah Joseph.

Double Header Against Killie

March 19, 2017

This weekend’s youth football fix was a double-header at Murray Park where Rangers 15’s and 17’s took on Kilmarnock. First up was the morning clash between the under 15’s sides.

Rangers 8 Kilmanock 1

Rangers Under 15’s blew their opponents away in the final thirteen minutes of the first half, a dogged defensive display had kept them at bay up until that point and credit to the young Killie side as they pretty much held their own after the break and kept trying to play football.

Rangers first chance came just after the quarter-hour mark when Matty Yates passed to Simon Millar inside the penalty area but he shot straight at the keeper. Barely a minute later Simon Millar in possession wide on the right laid the ball back to Kyle McClelland  who’s cross to the back post found Kai Kennedy who’s volley was saved at the near post.

As the midpoint of the half approached Murray Miller played the ball forward to Matty Yates on the edge of the penalty area and a good turn created the space for a shot the keeper saved low to his right. Rangers were awarded a free-kick just over five minutes later and right of centre,  Ciaran Dickson fired a shot over the wall and off the crossbar.

Rangers next effort came when Darren Watterson broke forward from left back before forcing a save from the keeper from the edge of the penalty area. Rangers eventually made the break through on thirty-two minutes, Ross Young strode forward before firing a shot into the keeper’s top right hand corner from the edge of the penalty area.

A minute later Matty Yates played in Ciaran Dickson inside the right side of the box but his shot clipped the far post on the way wide. Chances were now coming along on what seemed a minute by minute basis, when Kai Kennedy played the ball to Matty Yates inside the box the chance seemed lost as he was forced away from goal but he hooked the ball over his head, over the keeper and into the net.

The third goal soon followed, Darren Watterson played the ball forward to Kai Kennedy on the left and he showed neat skills to hit the byline before picking out Murray Miller who made no mistake from around eight yards. Two minutes later Matty Yates fed Kai Kennedy inside the left side of the penalty area and he sidestepped a defender before shooting into the far corner.

When Ross Young played the ball forward to Kai Kennedy on the edge of the box he laid the ball back into his path and the shot had the keeper diving high to his right to save. Ross Young was the creator of Rangers fifth goal, going past two defenders as he broke into the left side of the box before squaring for Matty Yates to fire past the keeper.

There was still time for another Rangers goal before the break, when the keeper failed to hold on to Kai Kennedy’s twenty fiver yarder Matty Yates pounced to take the ball round him and walk it into the net.

Half-Time:- Rangers 6 Kilmarnock 0

Rangers had an early chance to add to their tally after the break when Kai Kennedy chased down the keeper and dispossessed him before teeing up Niyah Joseph who’s shot was cleared off the line by a defender. Number seven did arrive just before the hour, Simon Millar’s run down the right took him to the byline and his cutback was slammed into the net by Niyah Joseph.

Within a couple of minutes the visitor’s tested Lewis Budinauckas with a shot from distance that forced the keeper into a fine save high to his left. Rangers were soon back on attack and when Murray Miller moved the ball to Ryan Muir his shot from around twenty-five yards forced the keeper to save low to his right and he was quickly back on his feet  to deny Niyah Joseph from the rebound.

As the game neared the final quarter-hour Killie grabbed the goal that their resilience deserved, the attack came down the right before the ball was moved central and a final pass into the left side of the penalty area where is was fired past Lewis Budinauckas. The scoring was completed with eleven minutes remaining, Tom Henderson and Matty Yates worked a short corner on the left before the ball was passed to Ciaran Dickson on the angle of the penalty area and he shot across the keeper into the far corner.

Full-Time:- Rangers 8 Kilmarnock 1

Rangers Squad:- Lewis Budinauckas (Gk), Kyle McClelland, Darren Watterson, Murray Miller, Ally Monro, Harris O’Connor, Matty Yates, Ross Young, Simon Millar, Ciaran Dickson, Kai Kennedy, Euan Deveney, Tom Henderson, Niyah Joseph, Ryan Muir, Aaron Bryson.

Rangers 2 Kilmarnock 1

Leading a game they had dominated by a solitary goal it looked like Killie’s late sucker punch would result in two dropped points until Stephen Kelly popped up with a ninetieth minute winner.

Rangers had an early chance on seven minutes when a through ball sent Dapo Medude clear inside the right side of the penalty area but the keeper was quick from his line to block with his legs. Rangers were dominating possession but the half hour mark had passed when Cammy Palmer and Matthew Shiels combined to set up a shooting chance for Mati Zata on the edge of the box that the keeper saved low to his right.

Half-Time:- Rangers 0 Kilmarnock 0

Rangers missed a great chance to take the lead four minutes into the second half, Matthew Shiels broke forward before releasing Zac Butterworth on the right, from his low cross Dapo Mebude looked certain to score at the back post but he failed to connect and the chance was lost. The deadlock was broken three minutes later, Zac Butterworth combined with Stephen Kelly to play through Matthew Shiels, as he converged with the advancing keeper the ball broke kindly for Mati Zata to knock into the net.

Midway through the half Stephen Kelly passed to Josh McPake on the right he delayed his pass to match the overlapping run of Danny Finlayson who cut inside a defender before cracking a shot off the crossbar. Within sixty seconds a Mati Zata pass gave Dapo Mebude a chance inside the right side of the box but he was again denied by the legs of the keeper.

With twenty minutes remaining Josh McPake in possession on the edge of the box picked on Matthew Shiels inside the right side of the penalty area but he shot narrowly wide of the far post. With eight minute remaining it looked likely that Rangers would rue those missed chances, when the ball was worked to the right hand angle of Rangers box the player was unchallenged as he entered the penalty area to shoot past Brian Kinnear.

Rangers tried to respond from a free-kick right of centre and around twenty-five yards from goal, Stephen Kelly moved the ball inside to Scott Gray who’s shot was held under the crossbar by the keeper. Killie also felt they could grab the winner and within a minute they were forcing Brian Kinnear into a save from a twenty-five yarder.

With the clock reaching the ninety minute mark Kyle Bradley sent a ball into the penalty area from wide right, when Matthew Shiels challenged with the keeper the ball broke to Stephen Kelly who coolly lobbed the ball over the heads in a crowded six yard box and into the net. Rangers had to withstand a couple of long balls pumped into their box in injury time to secure a deserved three points.

Full-Time:- Rangers 2 Kilmarnock 1

Rangers:- Brian Kinner; Danny Finlayson, Kyle Bradley, Rhys Breen (Michael Hewitt 66 mins), Scott Gray; Cammy Palmer; Mati Zata, Stephen Kelly; Zac Butterworth (Josh McPake 58 mins), Dapo Mebude, Matthew Shiels.

Not Used:- Nicky Hogarth (Gk), Nathan Patterson, Kieran McKechnie.

20’s Share Six Goals With Pars

March 15, 2017

Rangers 3 Dunfermline Athletic 3

Rangers Development side shared six goals with Dunfermline at Murray Park this afternoon. With several players on International duty at Under 19’s and Under 17’s there was quite a few changes from recent lineups.

Rangers created the first real opportunity after thirteen minutes when Kyle Bradley picked out Billy Gilmour inside the penalty area but his shot was straight at Cammy Gill who made the save. Less than five minutes later only a brilliant double save prevented Rangers from taking the lead. A Billy Gilmour pass sent Serge Atakayi breaking into the right side of the box where Josh Jeffries took over and forced a save from Cammy Gill, Serge Atakayi looked certain to net the rebound but some how the keeper reacted to turn the ball  wide of the far post.

Rangers early enterprise was rewarded midway through the half, some neat interplay involving Josh Jeffries, Billy Gilmour and Amin Abaradan resulted in the later breaking into the centre of the box where he beat Cammy Gill with a composed finish. A couple of minutes after the half hour the visitors were level, when a low cross came into the penalty area from the left the Rangers defence failed to clear and Robbie Crawford laid the ball back to Lewis Spence who netted from around the penalty spot.

Fives minutes later Lewis Spence, Reece Duncan and Brandon Luke combined down the left to send the latter to the byline from his cross to the back post Kieran Wright managed to keep out Robbie Crawford’s close range header. Rangers got back in front three minutes before the break, Scott Gray stretched to keep the play alive on the left and knock the ball on to Serge Atakayi he left a defender for dead with a fantastic piece of skill and beat Cammy Gill from close to the byline.

Half-Time:- Rangers 2 Dunfermline Athletic 1

Early Dunfermline pressure after the break lead to a series of corners and five minutes in a dangerous cross from the left was headed clear by Jason Krones but only as far as Stuart Morrison whose volley found the net via the underside of the crossbar. A further five minutes had elapsed when the ball was worked wide to Ryan Williamson on the right and from his low cross Robbie Crawford netted from close range.

With the final twenty minutes approaching Jamie Barjonas passed to Billy Gilmour on the right from his cross Rhys Breen rose at the back post but his header was blocked by a defender. Rangers got back on level terms with nine minutes remaining, Scott Gray switched the ball from left to right where Billy Gilmour rose to flick the ball onto Serge Atakayi who hit the byline before picking out Andy Dallas to score from the edge of the six yard box. Rangers charge for a winner never really materialised and it was the visitors that had the late shooting opportunities without testing Kieran Wright.

Full-Time:- Rangers 3 Dunfemline Athletic 3

Rangers :- Kieran Wright; Kyle Bradley, Jason Krones, Aidan Wilson (Rhys Breen HT), Scott Gray; Max Ashmore; Jamie Barjonas, Billy Gilmour; Josh Jeffries (Jordan Gibson 66 mins), Amin Abaradan (Andy Dallas 66 mins), Serge Atakayi.

Not Used:- Robbie McCrorie (Gk), Stephen Kelly, Jack Adamson, Cammy Palmer.

Dunfermline Ath:- Cammy Gill; Ryan Williamson (Paul Allan 63 mins), Callum Fordyce, Stuart Morrison, Reece Duncan; Johnny Galloway; Robbie Crawford, Evan Horne, Lewis Spence (Matthew Todd 85 mins), Brandon Luke; Connor Duthie.

Not Used:- Josh Robertson.

Rangers 1 Celtic 1

On Tuesday evening Rangers took on Celtic in an Under 16’s Development game at Murray Park. With the game all square after ninety minutes and the convention in these games is to finish with a penalty shoot out which Celtic won 5-3.

It was the young Rangers side that too an early lead on twelve minutes, Kieran McKechnie playing a short corner to Josh McPake, his stepover made space for the shot as he broke onto the left side of the penalty area which he curled beyond Joshua Rae into the far corner of the net. It was from another corner where Rangers came close to doubling their lead, Kieran McKechnie delivered from the right and Danny Finlayson’s header was only just wide of the far post.

With ten minutes of the half remaining Celtic drew level, a free kick from wide right and close to the halfway line was sent into the Rangers box where Kieran McGrath’s looping header went over Nicky Hogarth and into the net.

Half-Time:- Rangers 1 Celtic 1

Celtic created a chance early in the second half, from the shot from the left hand angle of the box Nicky Hogarth dived to his left to touch the ball onto the post and reacted to gather the rebound before the in rushing forward. Just after the hour mark another Celtic attack created a shooting opportunity from the edge of the box that Nicky Hogarth got down to hold.

Owen McGinty’s through ball on sixty-five minutes sent Dapo Mebude chasing as Joshua Rae advanced from his box, the striker lobbed the ball over the keeper but wide of his left hand post.

Full-Time:- Rangers 1 Celtic 1

Rangers Squad:- Nicky Hogarth, Nathan Patterson, Michael Hewitt, Ben Williamson, Danny Finlayson, Jay Mack, Zac Butterworth, Josh McPake, Trialist N0.9, Izzak Ahmed, Kieran McKechnie, Lewis McGrattan, Owen McGinty, Dapo Mebude, Gregor Woods, Jamie Walker, Aiden Gibb.

Celtic:- Joshua Rae; Liam Houston, Paul Kennedy, Elie N’Goy, Michael McLaughlin, Kristy Marku, Kieran McGrath, Scott Robertson, Connor Farrely, Barry Coffey, Andy Kerr, Josh Jack, Chris McQueen, Dylan Forrest, Brody Paterson, Leon Chiwara, Dave McKay.

Comfortble Win For 20’s

March 7, 2017

St.Johnstone 0 Rangers 3

A superb first half performance was the foundation for a comfortable win for Rangers Development League side at Excelsior Stadium this afternoon. Although they didn’t add to their tally after the break it was a good confidence boost for this weekend’s Youth Cup Semi Final.

Yet the Perth side should have opened the scoring  in the first minute, Connor McLaren was sent clear to break into the right side of the box where he shot across Robbie McCrorie but the ball bounced off the far post. With a swift passing move Rangers went straight up the pitch to open the scoring, the ball went though Myles Beerman, Billy Gilmour and Zak Rudden to Liam Burt wide on the left, he cut inside before firing across Ben McKenzie and into the far corner of the net from the edge of the box.

With the clock on three minutes Rangers came close to doubling their lead, Serge Atakayi worked his way along the right hand byline before picking out Billy Gilmour who’s effort looked net bound until Ciaran Brian diverted it wide of the post. The second goal was not long in coming, in the eighteenth minute to be exact. Billy Gilmour fed Zak Rudden who broke into the right side of the penalty area, his shot went across the face of goal but found Liam Burt arriving at the far post to fire into the net.

Within in sixty seconds a brilliant piece of skill gave Liam Burt the opportunity to complete his hat trick, flicking the ball over a defender inside the penalty area created the space for a shot that Ben McKenzie got down to his left to parry, Zak Rudden followed up to knock the ball into the net but was flagged offside. The Ibrox youngsters were well on top and on twenty-six minutes Zak Rudden sent Serge Atakayi breaking into the right side of the box but he was denied when Ben McKenzie advanced from his line to make the block.

Just after the half-hour mark Max Ashmore moved the ball forward to Zak Rudden who’s shot from fully thirty yards beat Ben McKenzie but crashed back off the crossbar. Rangers got the third goal their play deserved four minutes before the break, Serge Atakayi exchanged passes with Liam Burt before hitting the left hand byline and his ball across the box found Jordan Houston arriving at the back post to beat Ben McKenzie with a first time shot.

Half-Time:- St.Johnstone 0 Rangers 3

Rangers started the second half on the front foot and when Jamie Barjonas broke forward he let fly from around twenty-five yards and was only just wide of Ben McKenzie’s left hand post. Saints got a bit of respite five minutes later and George Hunter forced Robbie McCrorie to stretch and tip over from a free-kick just outside the left side of the box.

With just less than twenty minutes remaining Josh Jeffries made the byline on the right, his cross went beyond the back post where Serge Atakayi volleyed goalwards with Cammy Thomson clearing off the line. With the game approaching the final five minutes Stephen Kelly passed to Serge Atakayi who sent the ball out wide right to Josh Jeffries, the wide player cut inside before firing just over. The final chance of the game came with Serge Atakayi picking out Stephen Kelly from the right hand byline but his diving header was saved by Ben McKenzie.

Full-Time:- St.Johnstone 0 Rangers 3

St.Johnstone:- Ben McKenzie; Alistair McCann, Ciaran Brian, Aaron Comrie (Jason Kerr HT), Cammy Thomson; Cammy Lumsden ( Jamie McKenzie HT), Danny Jardine, Paul Simpson, Greg Hurst (Jamie Docherty 60 mins); Connor McLaren, George Hunter.

Not Used:-Ross Sinclair (Gk), Joe Johnson, Robbie Polson, Shawn Struthers.

Rangers:- Robbie McCrorie; Jordan Houston, Ross McCrorie, Aidan Wilson (Kyle Bradley HT), Myles Beerman; Max Ashmore; Jamie Barjonas (Stephen Kelly 65 mins), Billy Gilmour; Serge Atakayi, Zak Rudden, Liam Burt (Josh Jeffries 62 mins)

Not Used:- Kieran Wright, Jordan Gibson, Amin Abaradan, Andy Dallas

Weekend Youth Round Up

March 5, 2017

This weekend’s development fixtures were scheduled to be against Motherwell, but with the Fir Park side cancelling Sunday’s 15’s and 17’s fixtures I was left with Friday night’s 14’s game and a 15’s friendly against Morton on Sunday

Motherwell 2 Rangers 1

Rangers 13’s were left to rue their missed chances in the first period where the should have been a few goals ahead. The home side were the better team in the second period while they pretty much cancelled each other out in the third.

Rangers missed a great chance to open the scoring on seven minutes, the ball was moved from Rhys Caves through Robbie Fraser and out to Ben Duncan wide on the left, his superb cross picked out Cole McKinnon right in front of goal but he headed over. Rangers did make the breakthrough just after the quarter-hour mark, it was a superb individual effort from Reegan Aitken, picking the ball up wide left he waltzed past two defenders and into the box before shooting across the keeper and into the net.

Within sixty seconds Reegan Aitken came close to doubling his tally and Rangers lead, collecting a pass from Ben Duncan wide on the left his effort from around twenty-five yards looked destined for the net until the ‘Well keeper dived high to his left to produce a brilliant save. With five minutes of the period remaining Evan McSwegan, in possession on the left, passed inside to Cole McKinnon who’s shot from distance clipped the bar on the way over.

Rangers next opportunity came when Adam Devine broke forward and passed to Aaron Lyall on the right, he cut inside before shooting and forcing a save from the keeper low to his right. Within a minute Motherwell who hadn’t threatened in the period drew level, the attack came down the right and when the cross arrived at the back post it was headed firmly past Jay Hogarth. There was still time for another Rangers chance before the period break, Adam Devine and Aaron Lyall combined on the right and from the former’s cross Cole McKinnon headed into the side netting at the back post.

The home side missed an early chance in the second period when Jay Hogarth failed to hold a corner from the right and the ball was knocked over from close range. In Motherwell’s next attack they edged ahead, with the Rangers defence struggling to clear a cross from the right the bouncing ball was eventually nodded past Jay Hogarth. Rangers had a chance to draw level, Robbie Fraser passed to Aaron Lyall who attacked the centre of the defence before playing in Matthew Collins inside the left side of the box with the keeper coming from his line to make the block.

With the teams cancelling each other out in the third period goalmouth incidents were at a premium with the best chance falling to the home side just after the turn around. The attack came down the left and a great turn on the edge of the box created space for the shot that Grant Thackray saved low to his left.

Full-Time:- Motherwell 2 Rangers 1

Rangers Squad:- Jay Hogarth (Gk), Grant Thackray (Gk), Adam Devine, Ben Duncan, Rhys Caves, Aidan Berry, Leon King, Aaron Lyall, Robbie Fraser, Evan McSwegan, Cole McKinnon, Reegan Aitken, Alex Lowry, Lewis Robertson, Matthew Collins, Kelsey Ewan.

Rangers 7 Morton 2

Sunday’s trip to Murray Park saw a comfortable win for Rangers 15’s in a friendly against Greenock Morton. 

Rangers took the lead after only two minutes, Owen McGinty firing a free kick over the defensive wall, that the keeper would have been disappointed not to have kept out. He was tested soon after by a Kai Kennedy twenty-five yarder that was powerful enough but straight at the keeper.

The visitor’s keeper had got over his early slip with two saves in as many minutes just after the quarter-hour mark. A Kai Kennedy ball over the top of the Morton defence saw Owen McGinty take a superb touch but the keeper was quick from his line to make the block. Owen McGinty the skipped past a defender and drove deep inside the penalty area with the keeper blocking the shot with his legs at the near post.

The second goal arrived on twenty-three minutes, it was created by a superb Kai Kennedy reverse pass on the left hand angle of the box the put Ciaran Dickson in the clear to knock the ball past the keeper. Within a couple of minutes Owen McGinty’s cut back from the left hand byline was met by Tom Henderson with the keeper parrying and getting his hands back on the ball just as Matty Yates arrived to fire into the net and the goal was correctly disallowed.

Unusually for 15’s the game was played over three periods and just before the end of the first Owen McGinty cracked a twenty-five yarder off the crossbar. Early in the second period Morton reduced the deficit, their attacker breaking through the centre and holding off a defender to shoot past Lewis Budinauckas.

Rangers soon restored their two goal cushion, a short corner from the left saw Owen McGinty, Kai Kennedy and Callum Biggar exchange passes before Owen McGinty crossed for Harry Livesey to head just inside the far post. Number four came less than a minute later, Kai Kennedy on the left passed to Callum Biggar who fed Owen McGinty inside the left side of the box and he showed great skill to beat two defenders and shoot bast the keeper.

Credit to the visitor’s who came back to grab a superb second. The move was created with some neat passing down the left, when the ball came into the edge of the box it was volleyed high past Lewis Budinauckas. Rangers were soon back on the attack and when Kai Kennedy moved the ball forward to Callum Biggar his shot from the edge of the box forced a save from the keeper diving to his left.

The next opportunity came when Owen McGinty picked out Kai Kennedy on the edge of the box with a pass from the left, the ball was played into the right side of the penalty area for Ciaran Dickson who shot at the keeper. In Rangers next attack they scored a fifth, Kyle McClelland’s ball over the top of the Morton defence saw Kai Kennedy take a superb touch before shooting past the keeper.

Kai Kennedy solo run then produced Rangers sixth , cutting across the penalty area from left to right before firing past the keeper. Rangers then scored again early in the final period, Callum Biggar moving the ball forward to Matty Yates who’s twenty-five yarder found the net via the underside of the bar.

Matty Yates then latched on to a slack pass back  but was denied by the keeper with Trialist No. 17 following up only to see his effort cleared from the line by a defender. The final chance came at the other end, a great turn from the Morton attacker created the space for a shot that Lewis Budinauckas saved at his left hand post.

Full-Time:- Rangers 7 Morton 2

Rangers Squad:- Lewis Budinauckas (Gk), Kyle McLelland, Harry Livesey, Murray Miller, Ally Monro, Harris O’Connor, Tom Henderson, Kai Kennedy, Owen McGinty, Ciaran Dickson, Matty Yates, Callum Biggar, Trialist No. 17, Darren Watterson, Trialist No.15, Ryan Muir, Aaron Bryson.