Archive for July, 2021

U18’s Defeated In Opening League Game

July 30, 2021

Dundee United 3 Rangers 1

It was a disappointing display and result as Rangers Under 18’s suffered a defeat in their opening league game against Dundee United at St.Andrews University this afternoon.  They probably edged possession in the first half but carried little threat, where as the home side could have added to their first half tally. After getting back into the game from a Rory Wilson goal they lost a really poor third goal which killed the game.

Dundee United took the lead on twelve minutes, Rory McLeod won the ball from Ryan Duncan just outside the United box and he sent Fin Malcolm racing down the left, he went past Kristian Webster before shooting under Jack McConnell. The lead was doubled nine minutes later, a shot from the edge of the box deflected into the path of Fin Malcolm inside the right side of the penalty area and he drilled the ball past  Jack McConnell.

Rangers had created little in terms of chances, their best coming just after the half hour mark, Ryan Duncan fed Rory Wilson who broke into the right side of the box but Ruairdh Adams saved easily at his near post.  The home side had a couple of chances in the final five minutes of the half. Bryan Mwangi in possession on the right hand byline laid the ball back to Craig Moore but his shot was straight at Jack McConnell. A long ball down the right then released Stuart Heenan who entered the box and it took a fine save from Jack McConnell, standing up to make the block.

Half-Time:- Dundee United 2 Rangers 0

A couple of minutes before the hour Greig Allen played the ball forward to Kyle Semple whose twenty-five yard strike was powerful but straight at Ruairdh Adams. Rangers got back in the game with twenty-five minutes remaining, Jack Roberts broke in the the right side of the box and forced a save from Ruairdh Adams, the keeper again excelled on Rory Wilson’s follow up but the Rangers striker followed up to nod the ball into the net.

Less than ten minutes later United restored their two goal lead, from Layton Bisland’s low cross from the right the Rangers  defence was hesitant leaving the clearance to each other which allowed Dom Naglik to find the net from around six yards.#

Full-Time:- Dundee United 3 Rangers 1

Dundee United:- Ruairidh Adams; Layton Bisland, Sam Harding, Jacob Comerford, Kerr Smith, Sam Lovie; Stuart Heenan (Nairn Stuart 84 mins), Craig Moore, Rory McLeod (Keir Bertie 71 mins), Bryan Mwangi (Allan Domeracki 84 mins); Fin Malcolm (Dom Naglik 50 mins).

Not Used:- Jamie McCabe (Gk), Aaron Donald.

Rangers:- Jack McConnell; Zak McKay (Jamie Newton 64mins), Kristian Webster (Crispin McLean 88 mins), Greig Allen, Jack Harkness; Leyton Dunlop (Kerr Robertson 88 mins); Connor Allan; Kyle Semple; Ryan Duncan (Jack Roberts 52 mins), Rory Wilson, Tyler Pasnik (Zak Queen 75 Mins).

Not Used :- Scott Cowie (Gk), Zander Hutton.

Colts Slip To First Defeat

July 27, 2021

Rangers 1 Civil Service Strollers 3

Just when people were starting to think this Lowland League thing was an easy gig The Colts were brought back to earth with a bang as Civil Service Strollers recorded a deserved win at Dumbarton tonight.

Rangers were first to threaten when Kyle McLelland switched play to Robbie Fraser on the left and he broke into the box before shooting just wide of the far post. Five minutes later Joao Balde’s corner from the right sailed over the head of Jay Hogarth and the back post header forced Leon King to clear from just in front of goal.

The Rangers keeper then failed to hold on to a shot from Mark James McConnell but reacted well to block Alieau Badra Faye’s effort from the rebound. With the half hour mark approaching Joao Balde’s inswinging corner from the right had Jay Hogarth back peddling to tip over.

Five minutes before the break the visitors took the lead, Matthew Shaw’s powerfully struck free-kick from around twenty-five yards gave Jay Hogarth no chance. Rangers came close to an equaliser within a minute, Robbie Fraser’s free-kick from wide right found Kyle McLelland arriving at the back post but he was denied by a fine point blank save from Macallan Whyte.

Half-Time:- Rangers 0 Civil Service Strollers 1

Strollers doubled their lead eight minutes after the break, Joao Balde broke on the right and passed to Robert Cole inside the left side of the penalty area, his shot crashed off the bar and back to Joao Balde on the other side of the box and his low shot was diverted past Jay Hogarth by Alieau Badra Faye. Rangers response was a Charlie Lindsay shot from the edge of the box that Macallan Whyte failed to hold but he reacted bravely to save at the feet of Robbie Ure.

The play was soon back to the other end and Jay Hogarth had to make a close range save at his right hand post to prevent Rangers Colts from falling further behind. A third Strollers goal was only delayed until the sixty second minute, from Joao Balde’s corner from the right Lewis Duffy’s goal bound header deflected off Adam Devine on its way into the net.

Rangers reduced the deficit ten minutes later, Alex Lowry’s sensational pass inside the left back sent Adam Devine clear and his low cross was converted by Tony Weston. In the closing stages Rangers had a couple of half-hearted penalty appeals, for a tug on Leon King’s jersey and when Charlie Lindsay appeared to be bundled over but the referee waved the claims away. The final effort on goal came from an Alex Lowry free-kick twenty-five yards from goal and left of centre but Macallan Whyte saved comfortably.

Full-Time:- Rangers 1 Civil Service Strollers 3

Rangers:- Jay Hogarth; Adam Devine, Kyle McLelland, Leon King, Robbie Fraser; Mackenzie Strachan; Cole McKinnon, Kane Ritchie-Hosler (Charlie Lindsay 50 mins); Tony Weston, Robbie Ure (Alex Lowry 57 mins), Arron Lyall.

Not Used:- Arron Cervantes (Gk), Lewis Mackinnon, Murray Miller, Connor Allan, Malcolm Ebiowei.

Civil Service Strollers:- Macallan Whyte; Mark James McConnell (Euan Valentine 67 mins), Jonathan Moffat, Lewis Duffy; Daniel Irving, Scott Clapperton (Svetoslav Kasakov 85 mins), Ross Young, Matthew Shaw; Joao Balde, Alieau Badra Faye, Robert Cole (Jaciz Balde 77 mins).

Not Used:- Ross Wallace, Andrew Johnston, Ross Guthrie, Dominico Gibson.

Comfortable Win For U15’s (2007’s)

July 25, 2021

Rangers 3 Dundee United 0

Rangers Under 15’s (2007’s) recorded a comfortable win over Dundee United at The Rangers Training Centre this morning, a double from Chris Eadie and a goal from Harry Weir secured the win.

It was the visitors who were first to threaten on four minutes with a chance on the edge of the box and just left of centre, from the shot Alfie Halliwell dived to his right to turn the ball wide for a corner. Rangers responded with Connor Campbell’s attack into the left side of the box and from his pass Lewis Stewart’s effort was blocked by the legs of the keeper.

Rangers came close on nineteen minutes, the ball was switched from the left to Frankie Aitchison inside the right side of the penalty area, he stepped inside a defender before lobbing the keeper but the ball bounced of the far post. Within a couple of minutes a corner from the left broke to Kenzie McLelland on the edge of the six yard box with the keeper making a fine point blank save.

The opening goal came barely sixty seconds later, Jack Wylie provided the through ball for Chris Eadie to race clear and into the penalty area before shooting past the keeper. On the half hour mark United came close to drawing level, the attack took them deep into the right side of the box with the shot bouncing off the crossbar.

Rangers capitalised by doubling their lead two minutes later, Lewis Stewart was the creator with an attack on the left and he passed to Chris Eadie inside the box and he fired past the keeper.

Half-Time:- Rangers 2 Dundee United 0

Rangers were first to threaten just after the break, Harry Weir sent Lewis Stewart clear on the left and he broke into the box and forced a save from the keeper at the near post. A good attack from the visitors to them to the right hand byline and form the ball across the six yard box it was knocked just wide of the far post.

Rangers had a few chances in the final five minutes, Harry Weir passed to Jayden Fitzpatrick on the left and he cut into the penalty area and drew a save from the keeper at his near post. A minute later Chris Eadie chased a ball into the right side of the penalty area, he got a touch just before the keeper brought him down. He stepped up to take the spot kick but slipped in his run up and sent the ball high over the bar.

The scoring was completed in the final minute, Chris Eadie played the ball forward to Harry Weir on the right hand angle of the box and he cut inside before shooting across the keeper into the far corner.

Full-Time:- Rangers 3 Dundee United 0

Rangers Squad:- Alfie Halliwell (Gk), Greig Thackery (Gk), Arran Kerr, Kenzie McLelland, Jack Wylie, Connor Campbell, Grant Leitch, Grant Marchant, Lyall Wark, Frankie Aitchison, Chris Eadie, Lewis Stewart, Jace McCulloch, Duncan Barlow, Cameron Scott, Callum Adamson, Leo Fisher, Harry Weir, Jayden Fitzpatrick, Josh Gentles.

Big squad today, all played at least 45 minutes.

Friendly Win For Under 18’s

July 21, 2021

Rangers 5 Dundee 1

It was a comfortable win for a Rangers “Under 18’s” side that included two Under 19’s over a young Dundee side made up of mainly Under 17’s.

The first chance came on five minutes when Malcolm Ebiowei showed great skill to go past a defender on the right hand angle of the box before shooting over. Less than five minutes later Rangers took the lead, Connor Allan provided the through ball for Rory Wilson to force the ball past the keeper and into the net.

On the quarter hour mark Zak McKay sent Rory Wilson down the right, he passed inside to Malcolm Ebiowei who saw his shot saved by Tom Welsh. Dundee immediately broke to the other end with Auley Martin breaking into the right side of the penalty area with Jack McConnell blocking the shot with his legs.

Rangers extended their lead on the twenty minute mark, Malcolm Ebiowei picked out Rory Wilson, his first time effort was blocked by Tom Welsh but he reacted to nod the rebound into the net. A couple of minutes beyond the half-hour mark Rangers had a free-kick on the edge of the box with Malcolm Ebiowei’s strike clipping the bar on the way over.

Dundee reduced the deficit ten minutes before the break, Auley Martin passed to Josh McGuire wide on the right and his low cross was converted by Jamie Richardson at close range. Rangers restored their two goal cushion with a couple of minutes of the half remaining, Connor Allan hit the right hand byline and from his low cross Rory Wilson slid in to convert.

Half-Time:- Rangers 3 Dundee 1

Rangers scored a fourth just after the hour mark, the trialist left back on the left past to Tyler Pasnik just inside the box where he sidestepped a defender before shooting across the keeper and into the net. The scoring was completed with fifteen minutes remaning, Tyler Pasnik’s pass sent the trialist down the left and his low cross was fired past the keeper by Jack Roberts.

Full-Time:- Rangers 5 Dundee 1

Rangers:- Jack McConnell; Zak McKay, Greig Allen, Kristian Webster, Trialist; Leyton Dunlop; Connor Allan, Kyle Semple; Malcolm Ebiowei, Rory Wilson, Tyler Pasnik.

Subs:- Scott Cowie (Gk), Jack Roberts, Zak Queen, Zander Hutton

Dundee:- Tom Welsh; Auley Martin, Craig Donald, Luke Graham, Josh Robb; Josh McGuire, Lewis Lorimer, Callum Lamb, Arran Leiper; Ross Clark; Jamie Richardson.

Subs:- Ruaridh Lynch (Gk), Aiden McDougall, Ryan McInnes, Brodie Cussick.

Colts Top Lowland League

July 20, 2021

Spartans 0 Rangers 2

Rangers Colts made two wins and two clean sheets in two games at Ainslie Park tonight to top the Lowland League. The Ibrox youngster were pretty much in control although goalmouth action in the first half was limited, they made their superiority tell after the break.

There was one change to the starting lineup from Saturday’s lineup against Bo’ness United with Robbie Fraser coming in for James Maxwell. And the Rangers left-back almost provided an assist in the opening minute, teeing up Arron Lyall in the left side of the box but his shot was wide of the near post. A few minutes he almost opened the scoring, Cole McKinnon crossed from the right and Robbie Fraser’s header forced Blair Carswell into a fine save.

The first real threat from the home side came just after the half-hour mark, a throw in on the right allowed a cross to come into the box and with the Rangers defence failing to clear the ball broke to Blair Henderson but his miscued shot went tamely past Jay Hogarth’s right hand post. Just before the break a great run on the left from Robbie Fraser took him to the byline and from his cross Tony Weston got in a looping header that landed on the top of the net.

Half-Time:- Spartans 0 Rangers 0

Rangers took the lead two minutes into the second half, Arron Lyall and Robbie Fraser combined on the left and when the ball was passed inside Cole McKinnon gave Blair Carswell no chance from around twenty-five yards. Just before the hour a brilliant first time pass from Cole McKinnon on the right gave Robbie Ure a chance but his header was weak and Blair Carswell saved comfortably.

Rangers doubled their lead at the midpoint of the half when brilliant chipped pass from Charlie Lindsay released Robbie Ure who rounded the keeper and rolled the ball into the net. The next goalmouth action came at the other end when Alan Brown forced Jay Hogarth into a fine diving save.

Rangers were soon back on the attack and Kane Ritchie-Hosler’s through ball found Robbie Ure breaking into the right side of the penalty area but was denied by a fine Blair Carswell save. The game ended with a Rangers chance, Malcolm Ebiowei cut in to the right hand angle of the box but his powerful strike was beaten away by the keeper.

Full-Time:- Spartans 0 Rangers 2

Spartans:- Blair Carswell; Michael Herd, Euan Smith, Kevin Waugh, Michael Allan; Sam Jones, Alan Brown (Ian McFarland 87 mins); Jamie Dishington, Sam Newman (Gregor Woods 65 mins), Scott Maxwell (Daniel Baur 80 mins); Blair Henderson.

Not Used:- Josh Scoon, Chris Inglis, Aaron Murrell, Jordan Caddow.

Rangers:- Jay Hogarth; Adam Devine, Kyle McClelland, Leon King, Robbie Fraser; Mackenzie Strachan (Murray Miller 80 mins); Cole Mackinnon, Charlie Lindsay (Malcolm Ebiowei 80 mins); Tony Weston (Kane Ritchie-Rosler 53 mins), Robbie Ure, Arron Lyall.

Not Used:- Aaron Cervantes (Gk), Lewis Mackinnon, Connor Allan.

Former Academy Players In Lowland League

July 11, 2021

With Rangers Colts competing in The Lowland League next week I thought it would make an interesting post looking at familiar faces we will come up against. In the main this is former Rangers Academy players with one or two coaches who will be on the sidelines.

Berwick Rangers

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Grant Nelson – I watched Grant over a long period of time from Under 14’s in 2011 to the last game I saw him in, an Under 19 friendly against Danish side Breidablik in April 2019 when he came on as a sub for Jordan Houston. He looked a great prospect until he suffered a serious ankle injury in a game against Hamilton Accies in late 2015. That saw him sidelined for eighteen months, but didn’t return to the same level and was released. On leaving Rangers he had an unsuccessful trial at Inverness Caley Thistle before joining Dundee on a short term contract. After Dundee he turned out for Tranent Juniors and was set to take up an opportunity in the US before it was scuppered by COVID. He signed for Berwick Rangers and scored the first goal in their 3-1 Scottish Cup win at Dunipace in December last year.

Ryan Finnie – Joined Rangers Development squad at the age of nineteen after being released by Hamilton Accies. He was at the club for less than a year before joining Partick Thistle, never made the first team but has since turned out for Annan Athletic, Clyde, Queens Park as well as Swedish fifth tier side IFK Ostersund. Played in Berwick’s two Scottish Cup ties and with the club playing no further games he moved on loan to Cowdenbeath.

Bo’ness United

Devon Jacobs – Came to the media’s attention as one of the three Jacob triplets who were on Rangers books. All three moved on to Livingston and Devon made quite a few appearances at League One level. He was a regular in the senior game with both Stirling Albion and Berwick Rangers before dropping to non-league with Kelty Hearts and his current club Bo’ness United. Featured in their Scottish Cup defeat to Bonnyrigg Rose in January this year.

Bonnyrigg Rose

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Mark Weir – Goalkeeper Mark grabbed the headlines with a Man of the Match performance in Bonnyrigg’s televised extra time defeat to Dundee in the Scottish Cup. Came through the age groups at Rangers and had a loan spell at Kilmarnock, although it was really to play for Killie in the youth league. Played with Arniston Rangers and Bonnyrigg Rose before spending seven years in America before returning to Bonnyrigg for the start of the 2019/20 season.

Broomhill FC

Owen Stott – Goalkeeper Owen was at Rangers Academy but moved to Queens Park. A year in the US followed before joining Stirling Albion on returning home. Moved to Rossvale for last season and only recently signed for BSC Glasgow.

Ryan Sinnamon – A familiar name to many Rangers fans and it really shows how difficult making a break through is. From an Under 13 game against Newcastle in 2010 to an Under 20 game against Sheffield United I watched a lot of Ryan over the years and generally he was one of the top performers, being capped for Scotland from Under 17’s through to Under 19’s. Made a few appearances on loan at Falkirk in 2015/16 season but his progress stalled and he left Rangers in January 2017. Since then he has turned out for Elgin City, Annan Athletic and East Kilbride before committing to BSC Glasgow for the current season.

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Gregor Fotheringham – Gregor came through the age groups at Rangers and was seen as a top prospect. Made a few appearances on loan at Forfar Athletic in 2012/13 but his time at Rangers was coming to an end and played as a trialist for Wolves Under 23’s against Fulham, nothing came from that and he was released at the end of the season. Since then he has been in and out of senior football, playing for Stenhousemuir, Queens Park and last season, Albion Rovers. Another committed new signing for BSC Glasgow.

Caledonian Braves

Ricky Waddell – Braves manager is a former Rangers Academy coach who gave up the role to concentrate on managing what was Edusport at the time.

Jamie Walker – Watched defender Jamie from Under 13’s in January 2013 through January 2018 when he joined Partick Thistle on leaving Rangers. He was only at Thistle till the end of that season before joining St. Mirren then Annan Athletic. Joined Caledonian Braves last season and played in their Scottish Cup win over Inverness Clachnacuddin.

A late edit on this section as it originally included Andy Dowie and Blair Docherty, just read an update from the club and Andy has now retired while Blair has left the club due to travelling involved. 

Civil Service Strollers

Ross Young – Midfielder Ross was at Rangers as an Under 15/16 player around 2016. He joined Hibernian on leaving Rangers, spending three years at the Easter Road club. Joined Civil Service Strollers at the start of last season.

Cumbernauld Colts

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Ewan McPherson – Son of former Rangers Gus McPherson, Ewan wasn’t a signed Rangers player but played and scored as a trialist in a game against Hibernian at Ibrox in May 2016. He was at Queens Park at the time but never progressed as expected and moved to East Kilbride for 2019/20 season. Joined Cumbernauld Colts at the start of last season after a spell at Kirkintilloch Rob Roy.

Reece Murdoch – Goalkeeper Reece was part of the 2001 group that included Nathan Patterson and Ben Williamson. From memory he was only there up until Under 13’s when he moved to St. Mirren, he has since beem on the books of Livingston and Airdrie, signing for Cumbernauld Colts for the coming season.

Dalbeattie Star

Chris Jardine – No longer a player Chris is a coach at Dalbeattie, he played well over 100 games in League Football for Annan Athletic. He was a Rangers youth player in the late 1990’s and was one a few from the Dumfries area and I think all from Maxwelltown Boys Club.

East Kilbride 

Ian Durrant – The East Kilbride coach of course needs no introduction and won’t say anymore.

Connor Brennan – Goalkeeper Connor doubles up playing for East Kilbride with his role as Academy goalkeeping coach at Rangers. 

Gregg Wylde – Probably the player that most people will be familiar with, he joined Rangers from Celtic in a kinda swop deal that took Sean Fitzharris in the other direction in 2005. Made his Rangers debut as a late sub against Hamilton Accies in August 2009. Made almost fifty appearances for Rangers winning a League and League Cup medal in 2010/11. Had a bit of a nomadic career since playing for a total of fourteen clubs, only making a significant number of appearances in his time at St. Mirren and Plymouth Argyle.

East Stirlingshire

Ross Connelly – Ross is a bit vertically challenged for a goalkeeper which has no doubt impacted on his career. He was at Rangers Academy before joining Hamilton Accies.  He excelled for Accies in their Champions Youth League games in 2018, saving to penalties in the shootout. He joined East Stirlingshire at the start of last season.

Scott Gray – Left back Scott was in Rangers Academy for ten years. I first seen him in an Under 12 friendly against Wolves in 2012 and the last game was as a sub in a 2-2 draw with Spartak Moscow at Forthbank in 2019. He had loan spells at Whitehill Welfare, Albion Rovers and East Stirlingshire during his time at Rangers. On leaving Rangers he spent a year at Dalry Thistle and joined East Stirlingshire in December 2020.

Andy_Rodden

Andy Rodden – Another player I watched from U12’s as part of the 2001 group that included Nathan Paterson and Billy Gilmour. I last seen him in a Rangers jersey in July 2017 in a friendly against Linfield and moved to Partick Thistle soon after.  Made the bench for Thistle a few times in the past season but was released and joined East Stirlingshire for the coming season.

Gretna 2008

Ryan Muir – Dumfries based Ryan and his family showed great commitment at Rangers travelling the road for many years. I watched him from U13’s through to U18’s in January 2020, leaving the club in February that year. He signed for Gretna at the start of last season.

The Spartans

Gregor Woods – The midfielder joined Rangers as an Under 16 player from Hibernian for the 2016/17 season, returning to the Easter Road club the following season. Moved to Spartans for the start of last season.

 

Celtic B

This might come as a bit of a surprise to some but there are quite a few in the Celtic squad with a Rangers connection. It is common for players at a young age to train with both clubs before making a commitment for CAS (Club Academy Scotland) age groups au U11. A couple of others changed allegiance a bit later on.

Ben_Wylie

Ben Wylie – Midfielder Ben was a regular visitor to The Rangers Training Centre from Northern Ireland along with Chris McKee. Where as Rangers signed striker Chris they opted not to offer Ben a contract, which surprised me at the time and he was picked up by Celtic.

Mackenzie Carse – Was in Rangers Academy at the younger age groups but opted to move across the city for which Rangers received a development fee.

WhileBen McPherson, Adam Brooks & Ben Summers all chose Celtic over Rangers despite being alleged Rangers fans.