Archive for February, 2020

Atletico A Step To Far For Youths

February 13, 2020

Rangers 0 Atletico Madrid 4

It’s been a great watching Rangers Under 19’s in the Champions Youth League as they over came Young Boys and Slovan Bratislava, but in yesterday’s game at Firhill they found Atletico Madrid a step too far. The Spanish side were a class apart.

In left back and captain Fernando Gastnaga, attacker Rodrigo Riquelme and number 10 Mario Soriano drifting left it formed a triumvirate on that side of the pitch that Rangers couldn’t cope with.

Yet Rangers should have taken the lead in the fourth minute, James Maxwell’s free-kick from the left found Rhys Breen unmarked and bang in front of goal but he headed straight at Jose Saldana in the Atletico goal. Within a minute there was a chance at the other end when Fernando Ramirez found himself in possession inside the right side of Rangers penalty area but he shot straight at Lewis Budinauckas.

There was only six minutes on the clock when Atletico took the lead, Lewis Budinauckas got caught under Mario Soriano’s superb corner from the left and Manuel Maroto rose highest to head into the net. Rangers tried to respond from Nathan Patterson’s driven cross from the right hand byline but Dapo Mebude failed to connect properly with his attempted volley and the ball bobbled to keeper Jose Saldano.

With the half-hour approaching Atletico cut open Rangers and sent Rodrigo Riquelme breaking through the inside left channel, he skipped past Danny Finlayson into the box but shot just wide of Lewis Budinauckas left hand post. Five minutes before the break the ball was moved from Marc Urena on the left hand angle of the box through Nacho Quintana to Fernando Ramirez inside the right side of the penalty area but he shot straight at Lewis Budinauckas.

A minute later Atletico pounced on a slack Cammy Palmer pass and Marc Urena’s shot from the edge of the box had Lewis Budinauckas leaping to turn the ball over.

Half-Time:- Rangers 0 Atletico Madrid 1

Atletico doubled their lead five minutes after the break, Rodrigo Riqueleme skinned Nathan Patterson on the left side of the penalty area and close to the byline, his deflected shot looked likely to cross the line but Nacho Quintana followed in to make sure. With the midpoint of the half approaching Ciaran Dickson passed to Josh McPake inside the box, a great turn took him away from a defender and into the left side of the box where he fired across the face of goal.

With the game now in the final quarter hour a defensive slip left Marc Urena through on goal and with Lewis Budinaickas off his line he had the goal at his mercy but the striker shot wide of the keeper’s right hand post. The third goal was only delayed a few minutes, it was created by the impressive Rodrigo Riquelme in possession on the left side of the box and he passed inside to the equally impressive Mario Soriano who shot into the bottom right hand corner.

With a minute remaining Rangers came close to grabbing a consolation goal, James Maxwell got to the left hand byline and his cutback picked out Ciaran Dickson but his shot was deflected over. A quick break saw Atletico score a fourth, Nacho Quintana broke on the right and passed inside to Mario Soriano who moved the ball on to substitute Alberto Maldonado who fired into the net.

The focus now is for Rangers Under 18’s ensure they remain top of the youth league and qualify for next year’s competition.

Full-Time:- Rangers 0 Atletico Madrid 4

Rangers:- Lewis Budinauckas; Nathan Patterson, Danny Finlayson, Rhys Breen, James Maxwell; Cammy Palmer (Joao Balde,  73 mins)Murray Miller (Nathan Young-Coombes 52 mins), Ciaran Dickson; Josh McPake (Kane Ritchie-Hosler 73mins), Dapo Mebude, Kai Kennedy.

Not Used:- Jay Hogarth (Gk), Zac Butterworth, Kyle McClelland, Leon King.

Atletico Madrid:- Jose Saldana; Javier Hyjek, Marco Ojeda (Adrian Gomez 92 mins), Manuel Maroto, Fernando Gastnaga; Adrian Garcia; Nacho Quintana, Mario Soriano (Carlos Mosquera 92 mins); Fernando Ramirez (Alberto Maldonado 61 mins), Marc Urena (Adrian Urbina 85 mins), Rodrigo Riquelme (Diego Lorenzo 85 mins).

Not Used:- Alex Fernandez (Gk), Iker Ortega.

U18’s Held By Dundee United

February 7, 2020

Rangers 1 Dundee United 1

Rangers Under 18’s lost their 100% record after being held by Dundee United at the Hummel Training Centre this afternoon. It was a disappointing way to lose the record as the visitors failed to create a clear cut chance but were gifted a goal early in the second half. Rangers should have wrapped the game up in the first half but created less after the break.

Rangers took the lead just after the quarter hour mark when Robbie Fraser played the ball forward to Chris McKee inside the left side of the penalty area and a great first touch teed things up for him to shoot past the keeper. Four minutes later Robbie Fraser sent a corner from the right towards the back post where Kyle McLelland headed it down, it deflected off a defender on to the bar and over as Nathan Young-Coombes challenged. A couple of minutes past the half-hour Robbie Fraser got to the left hand byline, his cross evaded Flynn Duffy at the back post for Ross McCausland to fire against the crossbar.

Ten minutes before the break Chris McKee was in possession inside the box and he laid the ball back to Murray Miller on the edge of the penalty area and he forced Reece Beveridge to dive to his left to parry. Five minutes later Nathan Young-Coombes came close from a twenty-five yard free kick that clipped the outside of the keeper’s left hand post.

Half-Time:- Rangers 1 Dundee United 0

Dundee United had posed little threat but five minutes after the break Rangers gifted an equaliser, there was little danger when Lewis Budinauckas passed the ball out to Umaro Balde but the was short with his return pass allowing former Ranger Rhys Cave to pounce and fire the ball into the net. With twenty minutes remaining Kyle Semple on the left passed to Ross McCausland who cut inside and worked along the eighteen yard line to tee up Matthew Henderson who shot narrowly over.

Robbie Fraser then picked out Ross McCausland’s run into the right side of the penalty area but he shot wide of the far post. The last real chance came with ten minutes remaining, Matthew Henderson passed to Kane Ritchie-Hosler on the right, his cross went beyond the back post to Dire Mebude but he shot into the side netting.

Full-Time:- Rangers 1 Dundee United 1

Rangers:- Lewis Budinauckas; Matthew Henderson, Harris O’Connor (Kyle Semple 62 mins), Kyle McCausland, Robbie Fraser; Umaro Balde (Mackenzie Strachan 82 mins), Murray Miller; Kane Ritchie-Hosler; Ross McAusland, Nathan Young-Coombes (Dire Mebude HT), Chris McKee (Robbie Ure 67 mins)

Not Used:- Grant Thackray (Gk)

Dundee United:- Reece Beveridge; Layton Bisland, Nathan Cooney, Adam Hutchison, Flynn Duffy; Rhys Caves, Finn Robson (Lewis Fraser 67 mins), Kerr Smith; Darren Watson (Shaun Brown 82 mins), Finn Malcolm (Archie Meekison 57 mins), Kai Fotheringham.

Not Used:- James McCabe (Gk), Lennon Walker, Dominik Naglik.

All Square In Glasgow Cup

February 5, 2020

Rangers 1 Celtic 1

A late Ciaran Dickson goal ensured the spoils were shared in yesterday’s Glasgow Cup tie at The Hummel Training Centre. Chances were few in the opening hour with Celtic just edging it and taking the lead late in the first half. A red card to Ewan Henderson ten minutes after the break saw game open up with chances and both ends of the pitch before Ciaran Dickson’s leveller.

The first real threat on either goal came in the tenth minute when Jake Hastie broke into the left side of the box, his shot took a massive deflection and looped towards goal, it had keeper Ryan Mullen scrambling and he was relieved to see the ball go narrowly over whether he got a touch or not. Around seven minutes later Celtic came close to taking the lead. Ewan Henderson’s free-kick from wide on the left took an awkward bounce in front of Brian Kinnear and the Rangers keeper was forced to push the ball over. Luca Connell took the resultant corner which went over everyone’s head and struck the back post, the ball was cleared to the edge of the box where Ewan Henderson’s powerful strike crashed off the crossbar.

Just beyond the half hour Celtic took the lead, a great turn on the halfway line from Karamoko Dembele allowed him to head towards the box through the inside right channel, he passed inside to Luca Connell whose shot from the edge of the box beat Brian Kinnear low to his left.

Half-Time:- Rangers 0 Celtic 1

The game changed on fifty six minutes when Ewan Henderson was shown a second yellow and subsequent red for a rash challenge. Rangers missed a great chance to drawn level less than ten minutes later, James Maxwell and Kai Kennedy combined on the left to feed Josh McPake, the full-back continued into the box to receive the return pass but with the goal opening up he shot over.

Within a minute Ryan Mullen dived to his left to turn away Josh McPake’s shot from the edge of the box. Rangers were having a great spell and missed possibly their best chance around the midpoint of the half. Cammy Palmer played the ball out to Nathan Patterson on the right and from his superb cross Jake Hastie seemed certain to score but headed over.

A slack pass saw Karamoke Dembele pounce and play through Cameron Harper into the right side of the penalty area but was denied by a fine Brian Kinnear save. Four minutes later Karamoko Dembele was again the creator this time playing in Barry Coffey on the right side of the box with Brian Kinnear again making a fine save.

Rangers were back on the attack and it was the Celtic keeper making the save diving to his left to parry Kai Kennedy’s twenty-five yard free-kick. A minute later Ciaran Dickson passed to Kai Kennedy inside the right side of the penalty area, Ryan Mullen dived to his right to get a touch on the shot with the ball just evading the incoming Dapo Mebude at the back post.

Celtic were still a threat on the break and with nine minutes remaining Brian Kinnear made it a hat-trick of saves from one on ones. Denying Barry Coffey inside the the right side of the box after he was supplied by Karamoko Dembele. Five minutes later the sides were level, a Rangers attack was repelled but when the ball landed at the feet of Ciaran Dickson on the edge of the box his shot took a massive deflection and looped over Ryan Mullen and dropped into the net.

Full-Time:- Rangers 1 Celtic 1

Rangers:- Brian Kipnnear; Nathan Patterson, Danny Finalyson, Rhys Breen (Kyle McLelland 85 mins), James Maxwell; Ciaran Dickson, Cammy Palmer, Kai Kennedy; Jake Hastie, Dapo Mebude, Josh McPake (Ben Williamson 84 mins).

Not Used:- Lewis Budinauckas (Gk), Zac Butterworth, Kieran McKechnie, Leon, King, Murray Miller.

Celtic:- Ryan Mullen; Daniel Church, Leo Hjelde, Robbie Deas, Brody Paterson; Scott Robertson, Luca Connell (Barry Coffey 68 mins); Ewan Henderson; Karamoko Dembele (Grant Savoury 89 mins), Kieran McGrath (Cameron Harper 60 mins), Liam Burt (Armstrong Oko-Flex 89 mins).

Not Used:- Liam Hughes (Gk), David McKay, Dane Murray


St.Mirren 5 Rangers 2

Rangers 2005 clash with St.Mirren at Ralston meant I could make it a double header. A poor first half saw the game effectively finished by half-time but an improved performance after the break saw them at least draw the second half.

Rangers fell behind to an early goal that was very much preventable, there was ample opportunity to clear but two Rangers defenders left the ball to each other allowing it to run through to the Saints striker who shot past Scott Cowie. They were only behind for four minutes with Zak Queen shooting across the keeper and into the far corner from the left hand angle of the box.

The home side’s lead was restored just after the quarter hour mark, a corner from the left was headed into the net at the back post. Rangers had a great chance to equalise for a second time when a corner from the right broke to Kristian Webster inside the box but the keeper made a fine save.

St. Mirren’s lead was extended less than five minutes later from the penalty spot, Jamie Newton was rather harshly adjudged to have fouled inside the right side of the box and the penalty was converted. The home side seemed to be getting a shot away every time they attacked and Scott Cowie dived to his right to keep out an twenty-five yarder.

The first half scoring was completed five minutes before the break, St.Mirren attacked into the left side of the box, the shot was across the face of goal but converted at the back post by an attacker up in support. 

Half-Time:- St.Mirren 4 Rangers 1

Rangers improved after the break and neither keeper was seriously tested until the final quarter hour approached when Tiaman Scott latched on to a slack pass and attacked the left side of the box, he attempted to chip the keeper who stretched to divert the ball for a corner. With eight minutes remaining St.Mirren scored a fifth, the ball came in from the left to the edge of the box where it was fired past Scott Cowie.

With four minutes remaining Rangers ensured they would at least draw the second half. Kerr Robertson picked out Elliot Dunlop’s run through the inside left channel and he beat the keeper with a superb lob.

Full-Time:- St.Mirren 5 Rangers 2

Rangers Squad:- Scott Cowie (Gk), Adam Forrester, Brodie Kerr, Kristian Webster, Jamie Newton, Trialist No.8, Callum Sandilands, Ryan Duncan, Trialist No.7, Ricco Diack, Zak Queen, Euan Ross, Kerr Robertson, Elliot Dunlop, Cole Connelly, Tiaman Scott.



Sunday Youth Round Up

February 2, 2020

Sunday was an opportunity to take in two games, first up in the morning Rangers 2007’s took on Partick Thistle and then Rangers 2004’s met Hamilton in a CAS cup sectional tie in the afternoon.

Rangers 5 Partick Thistle 1

Rangers always had the edge but with the teams level at the end of the second period it was the final thirty minutes before Rangers pulled away from a plucky Thistle side.

The opening period was two thirds gone before the first real chance, a Josh Gentles flick sent Jayden Fitzpatrick breaking into the right side of the penalty area where he cut inside a defender but shot straight at the keeper. Just before the end of the period Rangers came close to scoring three times in the same attack. Jayden Fitzpatrick exchanged passes with Josh Gentles to break on the right, he went past a defender and into the box where he squared the ball for Lewis Stewart, the keeper got enough of a touch on the ball to allow a defender to clear from the line. Lewis Stewart then fired the rebound off the keeper’s right hand post and his third attempt was blocked by the legs of the keeper.

Rangers struck the woodwork again with their first chance of the second period. Callum Adamson provided the pass to send Arran Kerr into the left side of the box with the keeper diverting his shot on to the near post. The game had reached the forty second minute when Rangers took the lead, Callum Adamson sent Josh Gentles through, the keeper dived to his left to parry the shot but was helpless as Arran Kerr followed up to net the rebound. 

The lead was to last around seven minutes, Thistle attacked on the left and when the ball into the box reached the back post the initial shot was cleared from the line but the rebound was fired into the net. 

Rangers restored their lead four minutes into the third and final period. Harry Weir’s pass inside the Thistle right back allowed Jayden Fitzpatrick to break into the penalty area and shoot past the keeper. Just over five minutes later Rangers extended their lead, Josh Gentles was the provider with the through ball and Arran Kerr raced into the box to slot past the keeper.

Rangers came close again when Josh Gentles flicked on a cross from the left but the Thistle keeper got down to his left and touch the ball on tho the post. Rangers fourth was delayed until the opening minute of the period turn round, Josh Gentles pass sent Jayden Fitzpatrick through to round the advancing keeper and shoot into the net.

The Thistle keeper then denied Josh Gentles who got on the end of a Callum Adamson pass but the keeper saved the shot. The scoring was completed with four minutes remaining, Josh Gentles shooting past the keeper from inside the box after collecting a pass from Duncan Barlow.

Full-Time:- Rangers 5 Partick Thistle 1

Rangers Squad:- Greig Thackray (Gk), Jace McCulloch, Jack Wylie, Leo Fisher, Lyle Wark, Grant Leitch, Callum Adamson, Harry Weir, Jayden Fitzpatrick, Josh Gentles, Lewis Stewart, Duncan Barlow, Grant Marchant, Arran Kerr.


Rangers 0 Hamilton Accies 1

The 2004’s game was a disappointment with Rangers struggling to break through the Hamilton defence, more so when they scored five against the same opposition at the beginning of December. The Rangers squad included their two January signings from CAS clubs, Kyle Semple (Motherwell) starting and the younger Ryan Duncan (St.Johnstone) coming off the bench.

Rangers created the first real chance on twenty minutes, Leyton Dunlop in possession on the right passed inside to Robbie Ure who stepped inside a defender but saw his shot deflected wide of the keeper’s right hand post. Within two minutes the Ibrox youngsters found themselves behind, the attack started on the right, the ball was passed inside and the shot from the edge of the box took a significant deflection to loop over Scott Cowie and into the net.

Rangers had a chance ten minutes before the break, Jack Harkness moved the ball forward to Kyle Semple who released Robbie Ure inside the left side of the box but the keeper raced from his line to make the block.

 Half-Time:- Rangers 0 Hamilton Accies 1

Rangers had a great chance to draw level early in the second half when Jack Harkness was tripped inside the left side of the box but Robbie Ure sent his penalty high over the bar. A great Leyton Dunlop turn on the edge of the box created a chance just before the hour but he shot straight at the keeper.

The visitors came close just after the hour mark with a shot from a tight angle close to the left hand byline with Scott Cowie standing up to parry. Less than five minutes later a cross from the right created another chance for Accies but the ball was volleyed narrowly over.

With a quarter hour remaining Zak McKay picked out Robbie Ure inside the right side of the box but the Rangers striker shot over. The final action of the match saw Hamilton attack on the right and it took a fine Scott Cowie save to deny the visitors a second goal when a chance was created from the pass inside.

Full-Time:- Rangers 0 Hamilton Accies 1

Rangers:- Scott Cowie; Zak McKay, Kristian Webster (Kelsey Ewan 61 mins), Connor Allan (Adam Forrester HT), Jack Harkness; Kyle Semple, Mackenzie Strachan (Darren McInally 61 mins); Gavin Gallagher (Zak Queen 61 mins); Leyton Dunlop (Ryan Duncan 61 mins), Robbie Ure, Dire Mebude.