Archive for May, 2021

Hibernian 2 Rangers 3

May 20, 2021

Hibernian 2 Rangers 3

Continuing with reports on Rangers U18 league matches the latest is their visit to Hibs Training Centre in Tranent for the game on 7th May.

With Rangers struggling to clear on seven minutes the ball broke for Hibs inside the right side of the box but the shot was wide of Jack McConnell’s left hand post. six minutes later a poor kick-out from the Rangers keeper resulted in the home side gaining possession, from twenty-five yards out and just left of centre Robbie Hamilton found the net low to Jack McConnell’s left.

Rangers were back on level terms less than five minutes later, Robbie Fraser’s corner from the right was headed back to him by a defender, he laid it back to Alex Lowry on the angle of the box and twenty-five yards out and he fired a shot over the keeper and into the far top corner. On the half-hour mark Rangers took the lead, Charlie Lindsay played a one-two with Alex Lowry on the edge of the box, he then picked out Ross McCausland inside the penalty area who beat Murray Johnston low to his right.

A few minutes later following a scrappy piece of play on the edge of Hibs box Connor Allan managed to poke the ball to Ross McCausland on the right side of the penalty area, his shot beat Murray Johnston but bounced of the inside of the keeper’s left hand post and spun across the face of goal and out for a goal kick.

Rangers extended their lead five minutes before the break, Alex Lowry’s volleyed pass from inside his own half sent Ross McCausland racing clear, he continued into the box and shot high past Murray Johnston.

Half-Time:- Hibernian 1 Rangers 3

The first real event of the second half saw Rangers forced into a change, Alex Lowry leaving the field with what ultimately proved to be a fractured arm and was replaced by Arron Lyall. With in a couple of minutes Hibs had reduced the deficit. From a shooting chance on the edge of the box a great Lewis Mackinnon challenge diverted the ball for a corner. From that corner from the left the ball was headed past Jack McConnell at the back post by Mack Weir.

For a long period nothing in terms of goalmouth action happened in the game until it was in the final ten minutes. With eight minutes remaining Ross McCausland’s run from deep inside his own half took him to the left hand byline, his cutback picked out Arron Lyall who saw his shot blocked. A couple of minutes later Matthew Henderson went pass two defenders on the left and passed inside to Arron Lyall, his shot was blocked but fell for Connor Allan to fire into the net, but the goal was disallowed by the referee on consultation with his linesman.

Hibs then had a series of set plays that allowed then to sent the ball into the box, Jack McConnell came and claimed a few of them which meant the home side never really created a clear opportunity to grab a leveller. Rangers ended the game on the front foot with a couple of chances in what was extended injury time. The first came when Mackenzie Strachan passed to Ross McCausland on the left side of the box and he forced Murray Johnston to dive to his left to make the save. He was called into action again after good play from Robbie Fraser on the left his cross eventually arrived at Conor Allan in side the right side of the box, he passed in side to Ross McCausland and his shot was again saved by Murray Johnston, this time diving to his right.

Full-Time:- Hibernian 2 Rangers 3

Hibernian: Murray Johnson; Jayden Fairley, Jack Brydon, Mack Weir; Josh Currie, Robbie Hamilton, Freddie Wylie, Jacob Blaney, Oscar MacIntyre; Connor Young, Josh O’Connor.

Subs: Josh Blair, Innes Lawson, Brodie Watt, Ben Reilly, Reece Holden.

Rangers:- Jack McConnell; Jack Harkness (Harley Ewan 85 mins), Lewis McConnell, Kelsey Ewan, Robbie Fraser; Mackenzie Strachan; Connor Allan, Charlie Lindsay (Matthew Henderson 71 mins); Ross McCausland, Tony Weston (Tyler Pasnik 82 mins), Alex Lowry (Arron Lyall 53 mins)

Not Used:- Jay Hogarth (Gk), Kyle Semple, Leyton Dunlop.

Rangers 2 Aberdeen 1

May 20, 2021

Rangers 2 Aberdeen 1

Continuing with reports on Rangers Under 18’s games this is a report on the home game against Aberdeen which took place on the 4th of May.

Rangers had an early chance when Alex Lowry’s pass sent Matthew Henderson racing into the left side of the penalty area as the keeper came out to narrow the angle who shot just wide of the far post. Some slack play just outside Rangers penalty area around the quarter hour mark presented Aberdeen with a shooting chance but it was weak and straight at Arron Cervantes.

Rangers reply was an Arron Lyall pass to Alex Lowry inside the left side of the box and it took a superb save from Tom Ritchie to divert the ball over. Just beyond the midpoint of the half Lewis Mackinnon’s ball over the Aberdeen defence released Tony Weston to break into the right side of the box but Tom Ritchie diverted his shot wide with an outstretched leg.

On twenty-seven minutes Charlie Lindsay in possession close to the right hand byline laid the ball back to Mackenzie Strachan and from his cross Connor Allan headed straight at Tom Ritchie. The opening goal was only delayed a couple of minutes, a good passing move ended with an Arron Lyall chip into the box for Charlie Lindsay to volley past the keeper.

Aberdeen’s response was an attack the right and from the cross Michael Dangana took a touch on his chest at the back post which allowed Aaron Cervantes to dive and punch the ball clear. Rangers were soon back on the attack and when Alex Lowry passed to Tony Weston on the left he cut into the box and turned a defender before shooting just wide of the far post.

Five minutes before the break Aberdeen broke into the right side of the box and from the shot it took a fine save from Arron Cervantes to divert the ball over at the expense of a corner.

Half-Time:- Rangers 1 Aberdeen 0

Eight minutes into the second half Aberdeen were shouting for a penalty, their striker went down under a challenge as he broke into the box with the referee awarding a corner. Aberdeen’s next attack came on the left and when the cross reached the back post it was knocked across goal with no takers.

The visitor’s equaliser game on fifty-five minutes, a neat pass from the right side of the box picked out Adam Emslie who shot past Arron Cervantes. With quarter of an hour remaining Alex Lowry passed to Connor Allan who sent Tony Weston through, Tom Ritchie diverted his shot on to the top of the cross bar with the rebound landing in the keeper’s arms.

Rangers were back in the lead with twelve minutes remaining, Mackenzie Strachan passed to Ross McCausland on the edge of the box, an neat turn allowed him to get a shot away and it broke off a defender to Tony Weston who fired past the keeper. With nine minutes remaining Aberdeen had a final chance to draw level, Robbie Fraser was dispossessed on the edge of the box and Aaron Cervantes was forced to make the save.

Full-Time:- Rangers 2 Aberdeen 1

Rangers:- Arron Cervantes; Jack Harkness, Lewis Mackinnon, Kelsey Ewan, Matthew Henderson; Mackenzie Strachan; Connor Allan (Robbie Fraser 75 mins), Charlie Lindsay; Arron Lyall (Ross McCausland 58 mins), Tony Weston, Alex Lowry

Not Used:- Jack McConnell (Gk), Harley Ewan, Tyler Pasnik, Leyton Dunlop, Malcolm Ebiowei.

Aberdeen :- Tom Ritchie, Finn Yeats, Corey Gerrard, Mason Hancock, Luke Renforth (Tom Findlay 46), Ryan Duncan, Liam Harvey, Jack Milne, Michael Dangana, Jack McIver, Adam Emslie (????? Mason 89).

Not Used :- Blessing Oluyemi (Gk), Dylan Lobban, Andrew Buchan, Finlay Murray, Ethan Duncalf.

Hamilton Accies 2 Rangers 5

May 20, 2021

Hamilton Accies 2 Rangers 5

A report on Rangers fifth Under 18 League game as they maintained their unbeaten run.

The home side came close to taking the lead on nine minutes, a short corner routine was worked on the right and when the low cross came into the box it took a superb save from Aaron Cervantes to keep out the shot. Rangers first effort came just after the quarter hour, Connor Allan winning possession and feeding Tony Weston inside the right side of the box and he shot just wide of the far post.

Rangers took the lead on nineteen minutes, from a superb Charlie Lindsay pass Tony Weston showed good pace to get ahead of the defender and shoot low past the keeper to his right. The sides were level within three minutes, Hamilton attacked into the left side of the penalty area and a rash Harley Ewan challenge gave the ref little option but to award a penalty which was duly converted.

With the half hour approaching Jack Harkness in possession on the right passed inside to Charlie Lindsay who moved the ball on to Robbie Fraser on the left and his low cross forced a brave save from the Accies keeper. Four minutes later Alex Lowry broke forward and exchanged passes with Robbie Ure to break into the penalty area with the keeper coming from his line to make the block.

Nine minutes before the break Rangers were back in front, Alex Lowry sent Charlie Lindsay down the left, he passed inside to Robbie Ure on the edge of the box who made space to shoot past the keeper. Rangers then had a chance from an Alex Lowry free-kick that the keeper saved comfortably.

Three minutes before the break Accies attacked into the left side of the box, the cross was deflected and threatened to loop over Aaron Cervantes, the Rangers keeper stretched to gather with the Hamilton players claiming the ball was over the line but the referee waved away their claims.

Half-Time:- Hamilton Accies 1 Rangers 2

Rangers started the second half on the front foot and five minutes in Alex Lowry’s corner from the right found Robbie Ure at the back post and his header forced a save from the keeper. Four minutes later Alex Lowry passed to Robbie Ure on the left side of the box, he cut inside, the keeper fumbled his shot but Connor Allan miscued his effort from the rebound allowing the keeper to block with his legs.

The next goal was delayed by a minute, Alex Lowry passed to Robbie Fraser on the left, he cut inside the penalty area and shot across the keeper into the net. The fourth goal wasn’t long in coming, barely 120 seconds later, Charlie Lindsay passed to Alex Lowry on the left who sent Robbie Fraser attacking down the left, his cross was headed back across goal by Tony Weston for Rory Wilson to nod into the net.

Just before the hour the ball moved from Kelsey Ewan through Tony Weston to Charlie Lindsay on the right, his cross sailed over the keeper but was cleared from the line by a defender. Accies got their second penalty of the game with nineteen minutes remaining, Harley Ewan was rather harshly penalised for a challenge inside the right side of the box and for the second time Arron Cervantes was sent the wrong way from the spot.

Rangers were soon back on the attack and when Mackenzie Strachan broke forward he passed to Leyton Dunlop inside the right side of the box but he was denied as the keeper diverted his shot over. The scoring was completed a couple of minutes into injury time, Malcolm Obiowei switched play to Leyton Dunlop on the left and his low cross was converted by Rory Wilson on the edge of the six yard box.

Full-Time:- Hamilton Accies 2 Rangers 5

Rangers:- Aaron Cervantes; Jack Harkness (Harley Ewan 56 mins), Lewis Mackinnon, Kelsey Ewan, Robbie Fraser; Mackenzie Strachan; Connor Allan (Malcolm Ebiowei 72 mins), Charlie Lindsay (Matthew Henderson 62 mins); Tony Weston, Robbie Ure (Rory Wilson 56 mins), Alex Lowry (Leyton Dunlop 62 mins).

Rangers 3 Celtic 3

May 15, 2021

Rangers 3 Celtic 3

In a high scoring game the young Rangers side were ahead twice and then fell behind before levelling the game up.

Celtic had two early chances with keeper Jack McConnell coming to Rangers rescue on both occasions. On five minutes Celtic attacked on the right and their winger went past Kelsey Ewan and in to the box with Jack McConnell blocking the shot with his foot. Two minutes later another attack on the right and when the ball was passed inside Jack McConnell made a superb point blank save.

Rangers first effort on goal came in the twenty-fourth minute, the attack was created on the right and when Jack Harkness passed inside Robbie Fraser’s shot from the edge of the box was saved low to his left by the keeper. Just after the half-hour Celtic threatened on a couple of occasions. The first came from an attack on the right and a cut back that forced Jack McConnell to save low to his right. A minute later Jack McConnell was called in to action again, saving a shot from inside the right side of the penalty area then combining with Kelsey Ewan to keep out the rebound.

Rangers replied with an attack on the left, Alex Lowry sending Robbie Fraser down the wing and he flashed a ball across the six yard box with no takers. Rangers took the lead seven minutes before half time, Charlie Lindsay passed to Alex Lowry on the left and his low cross from the byline broke back to the midfielder who fired into the net from inside the six yard box. The sides were level five minutes later, again it was on Celtic’s right where the danger was coming from, their winger progressed along the byline before finding the net from a very tight angle.

Half-Time:- Rangers 1 Celtic 1

The second half was only four minutes old when Rangers regained their lead, Charlie Lindsay won possession and released Ross McCausland inside the right side of the box and he passed the ball across the keeper into the net. The lead barely lasted two minutes, Rangers struggled to clear a corner from the left, Jack McConnell touched a point blank effort on to the bar but was helpless as the rebound was fired into the net.

Just before the hour a superb turn from Alex Lowry on the halfway line allowed him to release Robbie Fraser breaking forward on the left, he passed to Tony Weston inside the penalty area but he saw his shot saved. With twelve minutes remaining Celtic took the lead for the first time in the game. From a run and cross on the left the ball was volleyed past Jack McConnell at the back post.

Once again the sides were level within in minutes, on this occasion four. The referee judged Alex Lowry was fouled on the edge of the box and central, he stepped up to give the keeper absolutely no chance as he fired the ball into his top left hand corner. Rangers had a chance to win it with two minutes left on the clock, Alex Lowry’s ball over the top found Ross McCausland inside the left side of the box and he lobbed the keeper but the ball went across the face of goal.

Tyler Pasnik who came on as a very late sub picked up two injury time yellows and a subsequent red card.

Full-Time:- Rangers 3 Celtic 3

Rangers:- Jack McConnell; Jack Harkness, Lewis Mackinnon, Kelsey Ewan, Matthew Henderson (Tony Weston HT); Mackenzie Strachan; Charlie Lindsay (Tyler Pasnik 88 mins), Robbie Fraser; Connor Allan, Ross McCausland, Alex Lowry.

Not Used:- Aaron Cervantes (Gk), Harley Ewan, Kyle Semple, Leyton Dunlop, Malcolm Ebiowei.

Hearts 0 Rangers 2

May 12, 2021

Hearts 0 Rangers 2

A belated match report for Rangers first away game in the Under 18 League, played at The Orium on 23rd April 2021.

Rangers took an early lead on eleven minutes, Charlie Lindsay delivered a free kick from wide on the left hand touchline and Lewis Mackinnon rose to glance a header into the net off the inside of the far post. Hearts threatened five minutes later when they broke into the box through the centre but a superb Jack Harkness challenge averted the danger.

Rangers were forced into a change on twenty-six minutes when Robbie Ure picked up a knock and was replaced by Tony Weston.

Rangers threatened on the twenty-seven minute mark when a reverse pass from Tony Weston released Ross McCausland inside the right side of the box but he shot narrowly over. Seven minutes before the break Rangers doubled their lead, Jack Harkness passed the ball forward to Charlie Lindsay on the right, his cross had the keeper struggling and the ball broke to Ross McCausland at the back post, he nudged the ball to Tony Weston who side stepped a defender and fired into the net.

Half-Time:- Hearts 0 Rangers 2

The game had passed the hour mark before there was a real effort on goal in the second half, Charlie Lindsay feeding Tyler Pasnik on the right side of the box and his twenty yarder forced a save from the keeper. A couple of minutes later Charlie Lindsay exchanged passes with Ross McCausland on the right side of the box before passing inside to Tony Weston with the striker being denied when the keeper blocked with his legs.

There was little goalmouth action for the rest of the game as Rangers ran out comfortable winners.

Full-Time:- Hearts 0 Rangers 2

Rangers:- Jack McConnell; Jack Harkness, Lewis Mackinnon, Kelsey Ewan (Harley Ewan 83 mins), Matthew Henderson (Tyler Pasnik 47 mins); Mackenzie Strachan; Connor Allan, Robbie Fraser (Kyle Semple 83 mins); Charlie Lindsay, Robbie Ure (Tony Weston 26 mins), Ross McCausland (Rory Wilson 67 mins)

Not Used:- Arron Cervantes (Gk), Alex Lowry.

Rangers 2 Dundee United 1

May 10, 2021

Rangers 2 Dundee United 1

The second belated match report and it covers Rangers second Under 18 League game at home to Dundee United.

Rangers first chance came in the eighth minute when Alex Lowry broke forward, the ball deflected to Robbie Ure, he continued into the box and forced a save from Ruaridh Adams diving to his right. Just before the quarter hour mark Charlie Lindsay switched play to Jack Harkness on the right, he passed inside to Ross McCausland and when challenged the ball broke for Mackenzie Strachan and his twenty-five yarder forced Ruaridh Adams to leap and tip over.

Rangers took the lead just beyond the half-hour mark, Matthew Henderson’s ball over the defence sent Robbie Ure clear and he calmly lobbed the ball over the advancing Ruaridh Adams.

Half-Time:- Rangers 1 Dundee United 0

There was little goalmouth action in the second half until the visitors equalised from the penalty spot on sixty-two minutes. When a corner was swung in from the right Kelsey Ewan hauled Fin Malcolm to the ground for a clear penalty and the striker stepped up to send Arron Cervantes the wrong way from the spot. Rangers restored their lead within three minutes. Lewis Mackinnon played the ball forward to Ross McCausland  the right, he went past a defender into the penalty area before smashing the ball past the keeper from a narrow angle.

With the game in the final ten minutes the game threw up a few chances, with six minutes remaining a Tyler Pasnik flick released Charlie Lindsay who passed to Ross McCausland inside the right side of the penalty area but he shot into the side netting. A couple of minutes later Jack Harkness in possession on the right passed inside to Robbie Fraser and he moved the ball on to Charlie Lindsay whose twenty-five yarder forced Ruaridh Adams to dive to his right to make the save.

It became three chances in four minutes for Rangers when Tyler Pasnik passed the ball forward to Robbie Ure on the edge of the box and just right of centre, he cut inside and fired a shot which beat the keeper but bounced of his left hand post. United could have snatched a draw right at the death when Miller Thomson sent Darren Watson down the left and into the penalty area but was denied by Arron Cervantes who diverted the shot wide of his near post.

Full-Time:- Rangers 2 Dundee United 1

Rangers:- Arron Cervantes; Jack Harkness, Lewis Mackinnon, Kelsey Ewan, Matthew Henderson; Mackenzie Strachan (Tyler Pasnik 77 mins); Connor Allan (Robbie Fraser 59 mins), Charlie Lindsay; Ross McCausland, Robbie Ure, Alex Lowry.

Not Used:- Jack McConnell (Gk), Harley Ewan, Kyle Semple, Leyton Dunlop.

Dundee United:- Ruaridh Adams; Layton Bisland, Flynn Duffy (C), Trialist, Sam Lovie; Rhys Caves, Lewis O’Donnell, Lennon Walker (sub Trialist); Shaun Brown (sub Miller Thomson), Fin Malcolm, Darren Watson

Sub not used: Jamie McCabe, Dominik Naglik

Rangers 2 Kilmarnock 1

May 8, 2021

Rangers 2 Kilmarnock 1

A belated match report on Rangers first Under 18 League game.

In this pandemic hit season competitive football was at a premium for Academy players and it wasn’t until the 9th of April 2021 that a short twelve game U18 League got under way.

Rangers would open their campaign with a home game against Kilmarnock. The young Rangers squad went into the game on the back of a disappointing run of results in the friendlies and bounce games they had played previously. Winning only four of the sixteen games played.

Rangers took the lead on the quarter hour mark, Robbie Ure capitalised on a slack pass to break into the left side of the penalty area and pick his spot across the keeper and inside the far post. Rangers next chance came midway through the half, Alex Lowry sent Robbie Ure down the left and he continued into the box and cut inside a defender before squaring to Ross McCausland, the striker saw the Killie keeper save his shot low to his right.

The visitor’s keeper was called into action again a couple of minutes later, Alex Lowry tried his luck from a free-kick on the right hand angle of the box with the keeper saving at his near post. Kilmarnock who had shown little in an attacking sense drew level from the penalty spot a couple of minutes before the break. The attack came on the Killie right and they broke into the right side of the penalty area and the referee judged that Matthew Henderson had impeded the attacker and pointed to the spot. The penalty was duly converted, Jack McConnell being sent the wrong way.

Halt-Time:- Rangers 1 Kilmarnock 1

Rangers first chance after the break came five minutes into the second half, Robbie Ure fed Ross McCausland inside the right side of the box but his effort was saved by the keeper. Four minutes later Rangers regained their lead from the penalty spot. Ross McCausland’s pass allowed Connor Allan to break down the right and into the box where he was brought down. Alex Lowry stepped up to send the keeper the wrong way from the spot.

Midway through the half Jack Harkness played the ball forward to Ross McCausland on the right, he cut inside past two defenders before shooting narrowly past the keeper’s left hand post. With the final quarter hour approaching Kilmarnock threatened when the broke into the left side of Rangers box but a combination on Arron Cervantes and Connor Allan snuffed out the danger.

With nine minutes remaining the visitor’s came close to an equaliser, a shot from around twenty-five yards saw Arron Cervantes dive to touch the ball on to his right hand post with the rebound being comfortably cleared.

Full-Time:- Rangers 2 Kilmarnock 1

Rangers:- Jack McConnell (Arron Cervantes 64 mins); Jack Harkness, Lewis Mackinnon, Kelsey Ewan, Matthew Henderson; Mackenzie Strachan; Connor Allan, Charlie Lindsay; Alex Lowry (Tyler Pasnik 70 mins), Robbie Ure (Leyton Dunlop 85 mins), Ross McCausland.

Not Used:- Harley Ewan, Kyle Semple, Rory Wilson, Gavin Gallagher.

Academy Loan Players 3rd to 6th May 2021

May 7, 2021

The highlight from midweek was Josh McPake being part of Harrogate Town’s FA Trophy success.

There were twelve opportunities for game time for our Academy loan players this midweek.

There were three ninety minute appearances, three got a decent amount of game time, two played twenty-five minutes or less and four were unused subs.

Six were in winning squads, four in losing squads, and two in squads that drew.

Monday 3rd May 2021

FA Trophy Final

Harrogate Town 1 Concord Rangers 0

Strange times indeed, this was actually the 2020 final held over due to the COVID pandemic. Harrogate went into the game as strong favourites as a League Two side taking on a team from the National League South. They eventually wore Concord down and won the trophy with a late goal.

I watched the game and have to say the standard was pretty poor, Josh McPake started but didn’t have one of his better games and was replaced by Brendan Kiernan after sixty-seven minutes.

Before that game the 2020 FA Vase Final took place, about a year a go I spent a couple of days in the North East and attended a game at Tow Law Town. The FA Vase was between Consett FC and Hebburn Town and it was the talk of the area, with the game scheduled to go ahead and the prospect of 5,000 tickets for each club. We now know that didn’t happen and when it did it was a year later and behind closed doors. Hebburn Town emerging 3-2 winners in a decent game.

Tuesday 4th May 2021

Scottish Premiership Playoff Quarter Final 1st Leg

Dunfermline Athletic 0 Raith Rovers 0

Goalless at East End Park but contrasting fortunes in terms of game time for our two Academy players. Kai Kennedy played the whole game for Raith Rovers but Lewis Mayo remained on the Dunfemline bench.

Scottish League One

Montrose 3 Partick Thistle

Kieran Wright returned to the goal for Champions Partick Thistle but was Montrose who were celebrating on the night as the win clinched their place in the playoff.

Scottish League Two

Brechin City 0 Stenhousemuir 1

Brechin brought their league campaign to an end with a home defeat and they now have to pick themselves up for their playoff against either Kelty Hearts or Brora Rangers. Adam Devine started but was replaced by Bobby Barr at the break, Chris McKee came on for former Rangers Academy player Rory Currie for the last sixteen minutes.

Cowdenbeath 2 Albion Rovers 0

I now don’t need to tell you that Nicky Hogarth played the ninety minutes for Cowdenbeath, he also recorded his seventh clean sheet in sixteen appearances, fantastic stats. Former Rangers Academy player Iain Russell scored Cowdenbeath’s second goal from the penalty spot.

Elgin City 3 Queens Park 2

Mixed emotions for Murray Miller as Elgin City clinched their place in the promotion playoffs but he once again remained on the substitutes bench.

Thursday 6th May 2021

Scottish League One

Clyde 2 East Fife 1

A late David Goodwillie goal was enough for Clyde to avoid the League One/League two playoffs and condemn Dumbarton to that fate. All four Rangers Academy players started on the bench, East Fife’s Cole McKinnon came on at the break for Aaron Steele and Clyde’s Jack Thomson was a very late replacement for Ross Cunningham. Kane Ritchie-Hosler and Zac Butterworth were unused subs.

Academy Loan Players 30th April – 1st May

May 2, 2021

The highlights from the weekend games were Glenn Middleton scoring St.Johnstone’s winner at Easter Road and decent game time for our Academy players on eleven occasions.

There were  ninteen opportunities for game time for our Academy loan players this weekend.

There were seven ninety minute appearances, four got a decent amount of game time, three played twenty-five minutes or less and five were unused subs.

Five were in winning squads, seven in losing squads, and eight in squads that drew.

30th April 2021

Scottish Championship

Alloa Athletic 1 Dunfermline Athletic 0

Perhaps a surprising defeat for Dunfermline who maybe had one eye on next week’s playoffs which could also be the reason Lewis Mayo remained on the bench.

Arbroath 0 Morton 0

Arbroath achieved their objective of Championship football next season and Ben Williamson got another ninety minutes at that level under his belt.

Inverness CT 2 Ayr United 2

Ayr got that point that keeps them in the Championship but disappointment for Jamie Barjonas who didn’t get on the pitch. Better news for Inverness’s Arron Lyall who played more than half-an-hour replacing Shane Sutherland.

Queen of the South 0 Dundee 2

Home defeat for Queen’s but another full game for James Maxwell, it was half a game for Rhys Breen as he was replaced by Nortei Nortey at the break.

It was an emotional night for former Academy player Stephen Dobbie as he called time on his brilliant Queen’s career.

Raith Rovers 0 Hearts 4

It was a seat on the bench for Kai Kennedy in what was a poor night for Raith, perhaps next week’s playoff games were a distraction. 

Football League 2

Harrogate Town 5 Cambridge United 4

Josh McPake sat out a high scoring game on Friday night as Harrogate edged out high flying Cambridge. Hopefully it was a case of the Rangers loanee being rested for Monday’s delayed 2020 FA Trophy final when Harrogate take on Concord Rangers at Wembley. The game can be watched free on BT Sport.

1st May 2021

Scottish Premiership

Dundee United 0 Ross County 2

A big win for Ross County and Stephen Kelly was back in the starting lineup and played the full game. Former Academy player  Jordan White scored Ross County’s first goal.

Hibernian 0 St.Johnstone 1

The only goal of the game was scored by Glenn Middleton who played seventy-two minutes before being replaced by Craig Conway.

St.Mirren 1 Hamilton Accies 2

I was pleased for Danny Finlayson who finally got a start for St.Mirren and played the whole game. He has had to be patient but has secured a contract at St.Mirren when his Rangers contract expires in the summer. On the down side he was on the wrong end of a narrow defeat.

Scottish League 1

Clyde 2 Dumbarton 0

It was a couple of late substitute appearances for Jack Thomson and Zac Butterworth. The former replacing Ally Love for the final eight minutes and the latter an injury time replacement for Mark Lamont.

Falkirk 1 Montrose 2

Disappointing home defeat for Falkirk but another ninety minutes for Kyle McClelland, they will be hoping to secure a playoff place in midweek.

Scottish League 2

Albion Rovers 1 Brechin City 1

A late penalty denied Brechin an away win for whom Adam Devine played the whole match, Chris McKee over an hour before being replaced by Connor Coupe and an injury limited Harris O’Connor to just over twenty minutes when he was replaced by Yusuf Hussain.

Annan Athletic 1 Cowdenbeath 1

It now goes without saying that Nicky Hogarth was between the sticks for Cowdenbeath and only a late goal denied him a clean sheet and a win. Former Academy player Robbie Buchanan scored Cowedenbeath’s goal while another, Kyle Hutton received a late red card.

Edinburgh City 2 Elgin City 0

Double disappointment for Murray Miller with a defeat and another ninety minutes on the subs bench.