Archive for May, 2022

High Scoring Draw For U15’s

May 28, 2022

Rangers 4 Aberdeen 4

Doubles from Murray Shaw and Brandon Ramage saw Rangers Under 15’s come from behind twice to earn a draw with virtually the last kick of the ball at The Rangers Training Centre this afternoon.

Aberdeen had the first chance on seven minutes with an attack on the left when the ball was passed inside Jayden Millarvie dived to his left to save the shot. Two minutes later the visitors took the lead, from a free kick just wide of the left hand angle  the ball was sent into to the box and a header glanced in at the far post.

Rangers first chance came when Ronald Mynell was through on a clearance but under pressure from a defender he screwed his shot wide of the keeper’s left hand post. Midway through the half Aberdeen doubled their lead, Jayden Millarvie miscued a clearance and the ball went straight to an Aberdeen player on the right hand angle of the box, his shot came back off the crossbar with the rebound being fired into the net.

Rangers reduced the deficit a couple of minutes past the half hour mark, a long ball was flicked on allowing Murray Shaw to race clear to continue into the box and shoot past the keeper. Barely a minute later Aberdeen restored their two goal lead, Rangers lost possession in their own final third and the ball was played forward to the edge of the box where the shot was fired past the keeper.

Half-Time:- Rangers 1 Aberdeen 2

Rangers came close five minutes into the second half, Zak Richford on the right passed to Brandon Ramage inside the box and he knocked the ball past the keeper but a defender cleared from the line. The ball was soon back on the right and from Matthew McIvor’s cross Murray Shaw’s header clipped the top of the bar on the way over. When Aberdeen attacked on the right two minutes later they looked sure to extend their lead when the ball was centred until Aaron McAlonan produced a stunning point blank save.

Rangers capitalised on their keeper’s excellence by scoring just over five minutes later, Sam McLachlan passed to Murray Shaw on the left and he took off passing two defenders and into the left side of the box where he poked the ball past the keeper. Aberdeen were soon back testing Aaron McAlonan with an effort from around twenty-five yards with the keeper saving low to his left.

Midway through the half Murray Shaw fed Brandon Ramage inside the left side of the penalty area and his shot from a narrow angle was diverted wide by the foot of the keeper. A couple of minutes later the sides were level, another superb run down the left from Murray Shaw took him past a couple of defenders and into the box, his shot was parried by the keeper but Brandon Ramage was well placed to knock the loose ball into the net.

With the game inside the final quarter hour Rangers had their keeper to thank again, Aberdeen attacked on the right, when the ball was centred the initial shot was blocked but the ball broke for Aberdeen deep inside the left side of the box with Aaron McAlonan again keeping the ball out at point blank range. Within seconds Rangers Trialist No 14 found himself  through on goal but was denied by the keeper advancing from his line.

With seven minutes remaining Aberdeen took the lead, from a long ball the attacker out muscled a Rangers defender inside the right side of the penalty area allowing him to shoot past the keeper. With time running out Thomas Falconer tried his luck from distance with the keeper saving comfortably diving to his left.

With the last attack of the game Aiden McCallion provided the pass for Brandon Ramage to chase and nod the ball past the advancing keeper then roll the ball into the empty net.

Full-Time:- Rangers 4 Aberdeen 4

Rangers Squad:- Jayden Millarvie (Gk), Arron McAlonan (Gk), Matthew McIvor, Trialist No.5, Lyle Hunter, Thomas Falconer, Lewis Marshall, Aiden McCallion, Sam McLachlan, Flynn O’Brien, Ronald Mynell, Murray Shaw, Brandon Ramage, Trialist No.14, Zak Richford, Trialist No.16.

Friday “Play On The Pitch Day”

May 15, 2022

Over the past few days Rangers have been hosting “Play On The Pitch Days”, before Ibrox is ripped up to be relaid for next season, all the academy teams get the opportunity to play at Ibrox. On Friday I took in the Under 18’s game against Motherwell in the afternoon and the Under 16’s (2007’s) clash with St.Mirren at night. Unfortunately both teams continued the theme from Thursday’s Colts game by gifting the opposition cheap goals. In between those games I watched the U12’s seven-a-side games against St.Mirren, first time I’ve seen this group so I’m unfamiliar with them.

Rangers 1 Motherwell 3

Motherwell took the lead in the opening minute, the ball was played across the box from the right, when it arrived at the back post the shot appeared to be mishit but squeezed under the body of Jack McConnell and into the net. Rangers reply came on twelve minutes from a James Graham twenty-five yarder which was straight at the keeper.

A minute later Charlie Lindsay passed to Zak McKay on the left, he cross low into the six yard box where Leyton Dunlop’s flick at the near post was just wide. There was only fourteen minutes on the clock when Rangers gifted the visitors a second goal, Kelsey Ewan lost possession inside the left side of his own penalty area and the ball was squared for the striker to shoot past Jack McConnell.

Rangers had a couple of chances in the final five minutes of the half, from a corner from the right Mackenzie Strachan’s net bound volley was cleared from the line. Next Jack Harkness cut in from the right and passed to Leyton Dunlop who moved the ball on to Zak McKay breaking into the left side of the penalty area but his shot was weak and the keeper saved comfortably.

Half-Time:- Rangers 0 Motherwell 2

The visitors had the first effort of the second half seven minutes after the break with a shot from distance that Jack McConnell dived to his right to turn wide. Less than five minutes later Rangers fell further behind, the attack came on the right and when the ball was passed inside it was fired past Jack McConnell.

With twenty-five minutes remaining Finlay Curtis challenged for Kristian Webster’s long ball and when the ball broke for him on the edge of the box his shot forced the keeper to turn the ball wide of his right hand post. Two minutes later there was a save at the other end, Motherwell breaking into the right side of the box with Jack McConnell saving the shot with his foot.

Rangers next attack saw Jamie Newton reach the left hand byline and when his cross was cleared to the edge of the box Crispin McLean’s net bound shot was deflected wide. With five minutes remaining Finlay Curtis’s header from Mackenzie Strachan’s free-kick from the right was heading inside the far post till the slightest deflection took it just wide.

Rangers subs had made a positive difference and Crispin McLean had another effort on goal after cutting in from the right but the shot was straight at the keeper. Rangers consolation goal came in injury time, Ryan Duncan attacked the left side of the penalty area, the ball broke to Jame Newton close to the byline and his centre was turned over the line by a Motherwell defender for an Own Goal.

Full-Time:- Rangers 1 Motherwell 3

Rangers:- Jack McConnell; Harley Ewan (Jamie Newton HT), Kristian Wenster, Kelsey Ewan; Jack Harkness (Zander Hutton 67 mins), Mackenzie Strachan, Charlie Lindsay (Ryan Duncan HT), Zak McKay (Crispin McLean HT); Leyton Dunlop, Jack Roberts (Finlay Curtis 60 mins), James Graham.

Not Used:- Sam Kane (Gk), Niall Rogerson.

Rangers 3 St. Mirren 4

The night time game saw Rangers 2007’s take on their St. Mirren counterparts and rather harshly losing to the odd goal in seven.

Rangers took the lead on ten minutes, Harry Weir’s pass inside the right back to release Josh Gentles inside the left side of the penalty area and he beat the keeper with a fine finish. With just over ten minutes to the break Saints were gifted an equaliser, Greig Thackray’s clearance went straight to a St.Mirren attacker who advanced into the left side of the box before shooting into the net.

Within in two minutes Rangers were back in front, Josh Gentles showed good skill cutting in from the left before passing to Chris Eadie on the edge of the box and he side stepped a defender before shooting past the keeper. Rangers came close to extending their lead when Cameron Scott advanced on the left and picked out Chris Eadie inside the box on this occasion he was denied by a stunning save from Shay Kelly who tipped over.

Two minutes before the break Jack Wylie broke from defence past two defenders and his shot from distance was just wide of the keeper’s left hand post.

Half-Time:- Rangers 2 St.Mirren 1

Rangers had the first effort of the second half from a Lyle Wark twenty-five yarder that was straight at Shay Kelly. The sides were level when a short corner was played to the left hand angle of the box, the shot came off the far post and the rebound knocked into the net.

St. Mirren the took the lead with a finely worked goal, a series of one touch passes took them through the centre of the Rangers defence and the ball was planted into the net. Rangers tried to get back on level terms and from a Harry Weir corner from the right Leo Fisher’s header was just too high.

Rangers did get back on level terms when Lyle Wark’s cross from the left found its way the the Trialist inside the right side of the penalty area and he shot across the keeper into the net. Saints then threatened with an attack into the right side of the box but the shot was straight at Colbi McQuarrie.

When the late winner came it was for St. Mirren, the attack came down the left and when the ball was played across the box it was knocked into the net by Jack Wylie while trying to clear for an own goal.

Full- Time:- Rangers 3 St. Mirren 4

Rangers Squad:- Greig Thackray (Gk), Colbi McQuarrie (Gk), Arran Kerr, Duncan Barlow, Jack Wylie, Cameron Scott, Callum Adamson, Grant Leitch, Grant Marchant, Harry Weir, Chris Eadie, Josh Gentles, Leo Fisher, Lewis Stewart, Lyle Wark, Kenzie McClelland

Footnote:- In between those games I took in Rangers U12’s seven-a-side games against St. Mirren. Played across the pitch both teams have two squads and they play both squads from their opponents making four games. Rangers won three games 5-0, 8-1 and 7-2 with the other game finishing a 3-3 draw.

First time seeing this squad and there are a few promising players but didn’t have a squad list so didn’t know who they were. A couple of St. Mirren players also caught the eye.

Colts Lose To Newcastle

May 13, 2022

Rangers 2 Newcastle United 3

Rangers Colts lost to the odd goal in five to Newcastle at Ibrox yesterday. There was a distinct contrast in the quality of goals scored, Rangers two stunning strikes giving the keeper no chance but they would have been disappointed with the three goals they lost.

With a few B Team regulars missing, presumably part of this weekend’s first team squad, Jake Hastie and Josh McPake were in the starting lineup after their loan clubs season’s had ended and they were joined by a few under 18 players.

The visitors had a chance in the opening minute when Kyle Crossley burst into the right side of Rangers penalty box before shooting across goal and wide of the far post. Rangers responded immediately with Tony Weston’s shot from the edge of the box being deflected just wide of the keeper’s right hand post.

On the quarter hour Jake Hastie’s cross from the left had Max Thompson stretching to get a touch on it, the ball fell for Arron Lyall on the right side of the box and he picked out Tony Weston with his cross and Max Thompson was forced to tip the striker’s header over. The corner was played short to Josh McPake on the left hand angle of the box and his shot gave Max Thompson no chance as it found the far top corner of the net.

The sides were level by the half-hour mark, Dylan Stephenson dispossessed Kyle McClelland inside the left side of Rangers box and beat Jay Hogarth with a fine strike. Rangers got their noses back in front eight minutes before the break, Jake Hastie’s corner from the right was headed clear but only as far as Charlie Lindsay who met it full on the volley and again Max Thompson dived in vain.

Half-Time:- Rangers 2 Newcastle United 1

Rangers had the first chance of the second half on fifty-seven minutes when Josh McPake fed Arron Lyall on the right, he cut inside and forced a save from Will Brown. Within a minute the sides were level again, a mix up between defence and goalkeeper on the edge of the box left Matty Bondswell with the simple task of rolling the ball into the empty net.

A further quarter hour had elapsed when Lucas De Bolle fed Dylan Stephenson inside the left side of Rangers box and his shot forced Jay Hogarth to dive low to his left to turn the shot wide. Midway through the half Newcastle grabbed what proved to be the winner, more slack defending allowed Jamie Miley time and space inside the left side of Rangers box to play the ball across the penalty area for the arriving Dylan Crossley to shoot across Jay Hogarth and into the net.

Neither keeper was seriously troubled for the remainder of the game and the visitors comfortably held on to emerge as winners.

Full-Time:- Rangers 2 Newcastle United 3

Rangers:- Jay Hogarth; Connor Allan, Kyle McClelland, Johnly Yfeko (Kelsey Ewan HT), Jake Hastie; Darren McInally, Charlie Lindsay (Leyton Dunlop HT); Josh McPake; Arron Lyall, Robbie Ure, Tony Weston (James Graham HT).

Not Used:- Lewis Budinauckas (Gk), Mackenzie Strachan.

Newcastle United:- Max Thompson (Will Brown HT); Joe Oliver (Josh Stewart 67 mins), Charlie Wiggett, Nathan Carlyon, Jordan Hackett; Jamie Miley, Lucas De Bolle (James Huntley 67 mins); Santi Munoz (Ellis Stanton HT);Kyle Crossley, Dylan Stephenson, Josh Scott (Matty Bondswell HT).

Another Win For Under 18’s

May 11, 2022

Rangers 4 Hamilton Accies 0

Rangers Under 18’s recorded their 20th League win of the season at home to Hamilton Accies last night. A late first half goal from Darren McInally gave Rangers a lead at the break that was probably a bit harsh on Accies. Rangers could and probably should have added more than three goals to their tally after the break.

The visitors had the first chance on three minutes, breaking into the right side of the penalty area with Jacob Pazikas standing up to beat the shot away. Accies next attack came on the other side of the penalty area and on this occasion Jakob Pazikas clutched the shot under his crossbar.

Rangers came close to taking the lead on nine minutes, Mackenzie Strachan fed Jamie Newton on the left, when the cross found its way to Leyton Dunlop at the back post his shot beat the keeper but was cleared from the line by a defender. Jacob Pazikas was soon back in action, making a fine block when the Accies forward turned a defender on the edge of the box to make space for the shot.

There was a lull in goalmouth action for a long spell in the rest of the first half, until five minutes before the break. James Graham went past a defender inside the right side of the box with the keeper turning the shot wide of his near post. Rangers made the break through three minutes later, a good passing move ended with Leyton Dunlop’s pass sending James Graham through, as he took on a defender on the edge of the box the ball broke to Darren McInally who shot into the keeper’s bottom right hand corner.

Half-Time:- Rangers 1 Hamilton Accies 0

Rangers doubled their lead five minutes after the break, Robbie Ure was played into the left side of the penalty area where the keeper forced him wide but he found the net from a tight angle. Accies responded with a header from a right wing corner that Charlie Lindsay cleared from the line.

Within a minute Jack McConnell was called into action again producing a fine double save, he parried the initial shot at close range from inside the right side of the box and showed great reactions to turn the shot from the rebound wide of his left hand post. Rangers then broke and with Charlie Lindsay the furthest player forward but inside his own half and clearly onside, he continued into the box but was denied by the keeper with a fine save low to his left.

The game had reached the hour mark when Rangers scored a third, a good passing move ended with Robbie Ure teeing up Charlie Lindsay inside the box to beat the keeper from around the penalty spot. Just over ten minutes later James Graham’s superb turn on the right hand byline left a defender on the ground and his cross found Jack Roberts at the back post, he looked sure to score but somehow his header bounced across goal and wide of the far post.

Within two minutes Rangers had another incredible miss, Charlie Lindsay sent Jack Roberts breaking into the right side of the penalty area where he cut the ball back to Leyton Dunlop on the six yard line but he shot over. The visitors were still threatening to get on the scoresheet and Jack McConnell had to make a save from a shot from inside the right side of the penalty area.

Rangers were soon back on the attack with Charlie Lindsay sending Zak McKay into the left side of the box but the keeper parried his shot diving to the left. Rangers completed the scoring in the final minute, Leyton Dunlop in possession on the right laid the ball back to Charlie Lindsay who dribbled past two defenders into the box before playing the ball across goal and presenting Jack Roberts with a tap in.

Full-Time:- Rangers 4 Hamilton Accies 0

Rangers:- Jakob Pazikas (Jack McConnell HT); Jack Harkness, Kristian Webster, Connor Allan, Jamie Newton (Zak McKay HT): Mackenzie Strachan (Kelsey Ewan 50 mins); Darren McInally (Christian Mulindwa 70 mins), Charlie Lindsay; Leyton Dunlop, Robbie Ure (Jack Roberts 60 mins), James Graham.

Not Used:- Harley Ewan, Ryan Duncan.

Glasgow Cup Winning Colts

May 10, 2022

Rangers 3 Queens Park 1

After a competitive first half a dominant second half display saw Rangers Colts lift the Glasgow Cup at Broadwood Stadium last night.

There was only three minutes on the clock when a superb run and cross from Robbie Fraser on the left was matched by Cole McKinnon’s finish arriving into the box and firing into the keeper’s top left hand corner. Within a minute Scott Williamson had the ball in the net for Queens but he was flagged offside.

The sides were level on twenty-three minutes, Scott Williamson progressed on the right where he cut the ball back for Dylan Ruiz Diaz to shoot past Lewis Budinauckas. Rangers came close a couple of minutes later, Kane Ritchie-Hosler teeing up Adam Devine inside the right side of the penalty area but the full back’s shot was just wide of the far post.

An even better chance was passed up a couple of minutes before the half-hour mark, Charlie McCann sent Robbie Fraser down the left and another superb cross picked out Tony Weston but the striker headed over. With the half heading for the final five minutes Tony Weston passed to Charlie McCann on the edge of the box, he tried to pass the ball into the net but the lack of power allowed Jacques Heraghty to save low to his left.

The final chance of the half came when Charlie McCann went past two defenders as he attacked the Queens Park penalty area and he played in Ross McCausland inside the right side of the box but he shot across goal and wide.

Half-Time:- Rangers 1 Queens Park 1

Rangers had the first chance of the second half, persistent play from Ross McCausland inside the right side of the penalty area saw a couple of efforts blocked, the ball broke to Charlie McCann who’s shot looked net bound until Max Gillies made a fine block. At the other end Dylan Ruiz Diaz broke into the right side of the box but shot wide of the far post.

Just before the hour mark Murray Miller tried his luck from fully thirty yards that had Jacques Hegarty stretching to tip over. With twenty-five minutes remaining Robbie Fraser found himself on the right following a corner and passed to Kane Ritchie-Hosler, he fired the ball across goal and Lee Kilday while attempting to clear knocked the ball towards his own goal and forcing a save from Jacques Heraghty.

A minute later Ross McCausland broke on the left and passed to Robbie Ure inside the left side of the box and he forced a save from Jacques Heraghty at his near post. Rangers took the lead on sixty-nine minutes, Queens were struggling to clear and after a few blocked shots Robbie Ure got the final touch on a Charlie McCann shot to guide the ball past Jacques Heraghty.

With a quarter hour remaining Rangers extended their lead from the penalty spot. Stuart Morrison was bit short with his pass back to Jacques Heraghty and when Robbie Ure got to the ball before him the keeper brought him down for a clear penalty, Charlie McCann stepped up and blasted the penalty past the keeper. There was six minutes remaining when Robbie Ure dribbled past two defenders inside the box with Jacques Heraghty saving low to his left.

Queens Park came close to cutting Rangers lead to a single goal when Ronan Darcy’s thirty yarder beat Lewis Budinauckas but came back off the crossbar.

Full-Time:- Rangers 3 Queens Park 1

Rangers:- Lewis Budinauckas; Adam Devine (Jack Harkness 87 mins), Kyle McClelland, Johnly Yfeko, Robbie Fraser; Murray Miller; Cole McKinnon, Charlie McCann (Darren McInally 87 mins); Ross McCausland (Arron Lyall 72 mins), Tony Weston (Robbie Ure 62 mins), Kane Ritchie-Hosler (Charlie Lindsay 87 mins)

Not Used:- Jay Hogarth (Gk), Connor Allan.

Queens Park:- Jacques Heraghty; Max Gillies, Lee Kilday (Archie Graham 65 mins), Stuart Morrison, Cameron Bruce; Grant Gillespie (Alex Bannon 70 mins), Calum Biggar; Lewis Moore (Alex Fairlie 70 mins), Dylan Ruis Diaz, Ronan Darcy; Scott Williamson.

Not Used:- Liam Russell; Zach Mauchin, Gregor Nicol, Lucas McCormick.

Academy Round Up

May 8, 2022

The weekend gave me the opportunity to take in two 11-a-side games and one 9-a-side game as Rangers took on Hearts at various age groups.

Hearts 3 Rangers 1

The first eleven a side game was at lunchtime on Saturday at The Heriot-Watt Sports Academy and it was the Under 15’s (2008) age group. There was a bit of a delay as the referee hadn’t turned up with the game eventually kicking off with a member of Hearts coaching staff taking on the whistle. Hearts were dominant in the first have and took a three goal lead early in the second half, Rangers came back strongly and tested the Hearts keeper on a few occasions but could quite pull back the three goal deficit.

Hearts took the lead on fourteen minutes, the attack took them to the right hand byline and when the ball was played across goal it was knocked past Colbi McQuarrie. Rangers reply saw Aiden McCallion break toward the Hearts penalty area but his shot from the edge of the box was just wide of the keeper’s left hand post.

Midway through the half the home side came close to doubling their lead, the attack started on the right and when the ball was centred it took a well placed Aiden McCallion to head the shot off the line. Just before the half hour mark Hearts worked a short corner on the right and well the ball was crossed into the box Jayden Millarvie dived high to his right to keep the shot out. A few minutes later the second Hearts goal did come, the cross was provided from the left and a header planted past Jayden Millarvie.

Half-Time:- Hearts 2 Rangers 0

The second half was ten minutes old when Hearts grabbed a third goal, Jayden Millarvie produced a fine save diving to his right to parry a shot from deep inside the left side of the box, but it was a Hearts player who reacted quickest to fire the loose ball into the net. Rangers had their closest effort when Sam McLachlan’s free-kick from the right hand angle of the box found the head of Brandon Ramage and the Hearts keeper dived to his right to produce a fine save.

Rangers next chance saw Ronald Mynell played through but just as he was about to shoot the ball took an awkward bounce and he shot over. A Ronald Mynell solo run then took him past two defenders and deep into the Hearts penalty area with the keeper coming from his line to make the block.

Rangers got on the scoresheet when Thomas Falconer’s free-kick from the right was cleared to the edge of the box and Zak Richford’s shot looped over the keeper and into the top left hand corner. Rangers final chance came when Oliver Goodbrand sent Aiden McCallion through but the keeper raced from his penalty area to clear the danger.

Full-Time:- Hearts 3 Rangers 1

Rangers Squad:- Colbi McQuarrie (Gk), Jayden Millarvie (Gk), Jack Caldwell, Olly Hynd, Lyle Hunter, Thomas Falconer, Lewis Marshall, Aiden McCallion, Alex Smith, Jayden Fitzpatrick, Brandon Ramage, Flynn O’Brien, Sam McLachlan, Oliver Goodbrand, Matthew McIvor, Zak Richford, Ronald Mynell.

Rangers 3 Hearts 1

Sunday morning saw the action move to The Rangers Training Centre for the U16’s (2007’s) clash, it was an entertaining competitive game with Rangers running out deserved winners.

Rangers started brightly and on five minutes Connor Campbell picked out Chris Eadie inside the penalty area but a superb challenge from Kenzi Nair cleared the danger. A minute later Chris Eadie hit the right hand byline with Coupar Wilkie diving to gather his low centre.

Just after the half hour James Wilson was through inside the left side of Rangers penalty area, he knocked the ball past Greig Thackray but Cameron Scott was well placed to head from the goal line. Hearts came close again when a throw in on the right saw a great turn from James Wilson inside the box with Greig Thackray saving his shot at point range.

Just on the half time whistle James Wilson spun and shot from the right hand angle of the box with Greig Thackray saving low to his right.

Half-Time:- Rangers 0 Hearts 0

Rangers took the lead three minutes after the break, from Harry Weir’s left hand corner Jack Wylie rose to power a header past Coupar Wilkie. Rangers doubled their lead from the penalty spot five minutes later, a great Callum Adamson turn took him past a defender and into the right side of the penalty area where is was hauled to the ground, he stepped up to do the job from the spot.

Another five minutes had elapsed when Lewis Stewart picked out Chris Eadie inside the box, a great first touch set him up nicely but Coupar Wylie came from his line to block the shot, the ball broke to Connor Campbell but his shot was deflected wide. Midway through the half Hearts were back in the game, the initial shot from a narrow angle inside the right side of the box was parried by Colbi McQuarrie but the rebound was converted at the back post.

Hearts then had a free-kick from around twenty-five yards but it didn’t trouble Colbi McQuarrie as the shot was straight at the keeper. With six minutes remaining Rangers restored their two goal advantage, Callum Adamson providing the pass to send Chris Eadie through to continue into the box and shoot past the keeper.

Rangers could have added to their tally in the closing minutes, Callum Adamson won a challenge and the ball broke for Chris Eadie to break into the box with Coupar Wylie turning the ball wide. The corner was taken short and passed to Lewis Stewart on the left hand angle of the box and his shot bounced off the crossbar.

Rangers should have scored with the last attack of the game, Jack Wylie broke into the right side of the box and his cross come shot was parried straight to Chris Eadie but he volleyed over from close range.

Full-Time:- Rangers 3 Hearts 1

Rangers Squad:- Greig Thackray (Gk), Colbi McQuarrie (Gk), Arran Kerr, Jack Wylie, Cameron Scott, Connor Campbell, Leo Fisher, Grant Marchant, Grant Leitch, Harry Weir, Chris Eadie, Josh Gentles, Callum Adamson, Lyle Wark, Lewis Stewart, Duncan Barlow

Hearts Squad:- Coupar Wylie (Gk), Gregor Burn, Bruno Pilch, Jamie Anderson, Kenzie Nair, Matthew Gillies, Gus Stevenson, Owen Muirhead, Szymon Plesiewicz, James Wilson, Jay Boyle, Alfie Osborne, Jay Mill, Aaron Mulvanny, Adrianos Anangnostou, Lewis Barnes, Blair Mulvanny, Lyndon Tas.

Footnote:- The U13 (2010’s) nine-a-side game took place on Saturday morning at The Orium Astro pitch  where Rangers lost 5-1 to an impressive Hearts side. Rangers goal coming from Daniel Owonyomi.

Under 18’s Edge Out Hearts

May 7, 2022

Rangers 3 Hearts 1

Rangers Under 18’s welcomed a young Hearts squad to The Rangers Training Centre on Friday night, it was ultimately a win for the young ‘Gers although it took a late penalty to secure the points.

Rangers created the first chance on five minutes from Mackenzie Strachan’s low corner from the right, Robbie Ure flicked on at the near post, Leyton Dunlop had a swing and missed and the ball landed at Charlie Lindsay who fired just over. Hearts response was to take the lead a minute later, the ball was played from the right to Bobby McCluckie inside the left side of penalty area and he shot across Jack McConnell into the top corner.

Rangers were back on level terms on thirteen minutes, Robbie Ure was through on goal with Zack Paris coming from his line to save bravely at the striker’s feet but the ball broke to Charlie Lindsay who had a simple task of knocking the ball into the net. The next chance came at the other end when Rocco Friel broke into the right side of the box and his shot was deflected onto the crossbar.

Rangers took the lead just beyond the half hour mark when Robbie Ure was fouled on the right hand byline inside the box, Darren McInally squeezed the penalty past Zach Paris low to his left despite a valiant effort from the keeper. The Hearts keeper then had a busy spell in the lead up to the half-time break, on the first occasion Darren McInally cutting in from the right past two defenders and forcing a save.

Within seconds there was a mirror image of a chance, Charlie Lindsay coming in from the left and Zack Paris saving low to his right. The final action of the half came when James Graham cut in from the left and forcing Zach Paris to touch the ball wide of his left hand post.

Half-Time:- Rangers 2 Hearts 1

The early part of the second half was mainly noted for a series of substitutions, but with twenty minutes remaining Rocco Friel broke into the right side of Rangers penalty area and forced a save from Jack McConnell. Within a minute Hearts threatened again, Mackenzie Ross broke into the left side of the penalty area but was denied by a fine Kristian Webster challenge.

Hearts continued to look most likely to be the next goal scorers and with Rangers struggling to clear the ball broke to Luke Rathie inside the penalty area with Jack McConnell producing a great save at close range. With eight minutes remaining Szymon Plesiewicz picked out Rocco Friel breaking into the right side of the penalty area, he was under pressure from a Rangers defender and didn’t get a great connection on his shot which allowed Jack McConnell to make the save.

Barely a minute later Robbie Ure was brought down on the left hand byline and inside the box for a clear penalty, on this occasion Darren McInally gave Zach Paris no chance from the spot. The final chance came when a cross from the left picked out Rocco Friel inside the right side of the penalty area and he volleyed straight at Jack McConnell.

Full-Time:- Rangers 3 Hearts 1

Rangers:- Jack McConnell; Jack Harkness, Kristian Webster, Connor Allan (Kelsey Ewan 57mins) Jamie Newton (Zander Hutton 57 mins); Mackenzie Strachan (Jack Roberts 26 mins); Darren McInally, Charlie Lindsay; Leyton Dunlop (Harley Ewan 76 mins), Robbie Ure, James Graham (Ryan Duncan 76 mins).

Not Used:- Sam Kane (Gk), Zak McKay

Hearts:- Zach Paris; Luke Rathie, Michael Aitken, Adam Forrester; Rocco Friel, Harry Gordon ( Number 3 60 mins), Ewan Simpson, McAuley Tait (Harvey Chisholm HT), Bobby McCluckie; McKenzie Ross (Szymon Plesiewicz 75 mins); Murray Thomas (James Wilson HT).

Comfortable Win For U15’s

May 3, 2022

Rangers 5 Dundee United 1

Rangers U15’s recorded a comfortable win over Dundee United at The Rangers Training Centre tonight, the game was played over three thirty minute periods and the truth is the Rangers youngsters could have won by a bigger margin.

The game a preceded by a minute’s silence as a mark of respect following today’s sad passing of Jimmy Bell.

It was the visitors who had the first chance on seven minutes, a ball was played over the Rangers defence and with them claiming offside the United attacker lobbed the ball over Colbi McQuarrie but was wide of his left hand post. Rangers reply saw Jack Caldwell advance through the inside right channel and pass to Flynn O’Brien but his shot was weak and the keeper saved easily.

Just before the quarter hour mark Lewis Marshall delivered a free kick from the left side of the box and Oliver Goodbrand glanced a header just wide of the far post. Within sixty seconds Lewis Marshall’s pass sent Brandon Ramage racing into the box but a combination of defender and keeper diverted the ball behind for a corner.

A slack pass from defence then presented Dundee United with a chance breaking into the right side of the penalty area with Colbi McQuarrie standing up to make the save. Rangers response was to take the lead on eighteen minutes, when the ball was played down the right Oliver Goodbrand both out muscled and out paced a defender to continue into the box and shoot across the keeper and into the net.

Rangers came close again when Aiden McCallion fed Jack Caldwell on the right and his cross bounced on the top of the crossbar on the way over. Rangers doubled their lead a couple of minutes before the end of the second period from a dubious penalty. Alex Smith played the ball forward for Oliver Goodbrand to break into the left side of the box, the United defender appeared to clear with a fine challenge and everybody watching was surprised when the referee pointed to the spot which Olly converted.

Rangers continued to dominate and the first chance of the second period came when Flynn O’Brien released Brandon Ramage inside the box but he shot straight at the keeper. Ten minutes into the second period Dundee United attacked on the right, Colbi McQuarrie made a brave save from the low cross but was injured and was replaced by Sam Reid.

The visitors then had a great chance from an attack down the left and when the ball arrived at the back post the shot went back across goal and just wide. Rangers then extended their lead with a minute of the period remaining, Alex Smith was the creator leaving two defenders in his wake as he attacked the edge of the box before slipping Brandon Ramage through to shoot past the keeper.

The third period was only three minutes old when Rangers scored a fourth from their second penalty, but on this occasion there was little doubt about the reward. Lewis Marshall provided the pass to Sam McLachlan inside the left side of the penalty area where he was clearly tripped and he made an excellent job with the penalty. Flynn O’Brien than showed excellent skill to go past two defender inside the box, he poked the ball goalwards but the keeper stuck out a foot to block.

In Rangers next attack only a fine save prevented another Rangers goal, after some good play from Sam McLachlan on the left side of the box his cross picked out Flynn O’Brien who’s volley looked goal bound till the keeper dived high to his right to turn the ball wide. The visitors immediately pulled a goal back, the attack started down the left and when the ball was passed inside the initial shot was blocked but the rebound was fired into the net.

With fifteen minutes remaining a fine passing move ended with a Flynn O’Brien flick releasing Brandon Ramage who was denied by a fine tip over from the keeper. Rangers scored a fifth with ten minutes remaining, Alex Smith passed to Matthew McIvor on the right who returned the ball inside the the box where Alex sidestepped a defender and calmly placed the ball past the keeper.

Dundee United then attacked on the right and a goal looked likely when it arrived at the back post until Matthew McIvor arrived to clear for a corner. Sam Reid was then called into action when Dundee United attacked on the left before cutting inside and shooting with the Rangers keeper saving low at his near post.

Rangers finished with a couple of efforts that brought out the best from the United keeper. Sam McLachlan crossed from the left side of the penalty area to find Matthew McIvor arriving at the back post where the keeper made a point blank save. The final action saw Aiden McCallion’s cross from the right cleared to the left hand angle of the box, Thomas Falconer’s shot looked to beat the keeper with the aid of a deflection but he somehow managed to keep the ball out.

Full-Time:- Rangers 5 Dundee United 1

Rangers Squad:- Colbi McQuarrie (Gk), Sam Reid (Gk), Jack Caldwell, Olly Hynd, Matthew McIvor, Thomas Falconer, Lewis Marshall, Alex Smith, Aiden McCallion, Flynn O’Brien, Brandon Ramage, Oliver Goodbrand, Lyle Hunter, Sam McLachlan, Zak Richford.