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17’s and 19’s Friendlies

October 15, 2009

With five Rangers players away at the European under 19 qualifiers this was is an opportunity to give some game time to a few that have not been playing in the under 19 league and also to look at a few trialists. Unfortunately I was unable to attend either game as I am currently out of the country on a short break.

Rangers 5 Stirling Albion 0

On Monday evening a Rangers under 19  side ran out comfortable winnners against Stirling Albion at Murray Park with goals from Christiano Kisuka, Kyle McAusland, Kane Hemmings and  two from the substitute Trialist striker.

Rangers Team:-Mark Weir, Steven Forbes, Trialist, Scott Durie, Adam Hunter, Gordon Dick, Dylan McGeough, Rhys McCabe, Kane Hemmings, Gregg Wylde, Christiano Kisuka.

Subs:-Trialist, Steven Hetherington, Kyle McAusland.

St.Johnstone 0 Rangers 7

On Tuesday evening an Under 16’s went a couple of goals better away to St. Johnstone. The scorers being Lee Cochrane 2, Gregor Fotheringham2, Frankie Owens, George Scott the other goal being scored by one of the two trialists.

Rangers:- Blair Currie, Andy Murdoch, Jordan Wilson, Stuart Urquhart, Gregor Fotheringham,Trialist, Robbie Crawford, Lewis McLeod, Lee Cochrane, Trialist, George Scott.

Subs:- Frankie Owens, Michael Mosson, Darren McGill, Sam George.


Grant Adam, Danny Wilson, Kyle Hutton and Archie Cambell have all played in Scotland victories over Romania (3-0) and Armenia (6-1). With Campbell scoring against Romania and Wilson finding the net against Armenia. Darren Cole , who has been an unused substitute in these games  is included in the starting lineup for tonights game against Austria, alongside Adam, Wilson and Hutton, with Campbell dropping on to the bench.

Seven Gers In Scotland 19’s Squad

September 1, 2009

No fewer than seven Rangers players have been selected for Scotland’s friendly double header against Iceland.

The teams will meet each other twice, the first of which at Broadwood on Monday 7th September (3pm kick off) and the other, the following Wednesday (9th), at Stirling’s Forthbank (3pm kick off).

The full squad:-


Grant Adam (Rangers), Andrew Kennedy (Celtic)


Kyle Benedictus (Dundee), Callum Booth (Hibernian), Darren Cole (Rangers), Liam Cooper  (Hull City), Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers), Steven Saunders (Motherwell), Craig Thomson (Heart of Midlothian), Daniel Wilson (Rangers), Gregg Wylde (Rangers)


Sean Burns (St Mirren), Tom Cairney (Hull City), James Forrest (Celtic), Kyle Hutton (Rangers), Bradden Inman (Newcastle United), Steven Meechan (Motherwell), Jamie Ness (Rangers), Paul Slane (Motherwell)


Archie Campbell (Rangers), James Keatings (Celtic), Steven Lawless (Motherwell), Robert McHugh (Motherwell), Scott Robinson (Heart of Midlothian), Gordon Smith (Heart of Midlothian)

Blackburn Win Double Header

July 25, 2009

Rangers 1 Blackburn Rovers 2

With Grant Adam and Andy Little away with the first team squad in Germany there were two changes to the team that defeated Oxford United. Mark Weir took over in goal and trialist Gil Bluhmenstein partnered Lory Loy up front. The reserves were up against it going two goals behind in the opening six minutes.

In the opening minute the Blackburn central midfielder was allowed to stride forward, although his shot was blocked it deflected into the path of their left midfielder who beat Weir  in the race to the ball and stabbed the ball home. Worse was to follow when after good work down the left and a low cross, the visitors striker turned and fired past Weir from just outside the six yard box.

In 13 minutes Rangers got themselves back into the game, the Blackburn keeper handled outside the box and from the resultant free kick Gil Bluhmennstein curled the ball round the wall and into the net. On the twenty minute mark Jamie Ness and Steven Kinniburgh combined down the left and from the full back’s cut back Blumennstein’s shot was deflected wide. The remainder of the first half was fairly even without any real scoring chances at either end.

Half Time:- Rangers 1 Blackburn Rovers 2

The second half was evenly contested with goalmouth action pretty limited. Mark Weir produced a fine save on 63 minutes, diving to his left to parry a header following a corner from the left. Five minutes later a long ball from defence released Bluhmennstein but he shot weakly straight at the keeper.

With seven minutes remaining Jamie Ness won the ball in midfield and strode forward, but his shot from distance lacked power and the keeper saved easily.

Full Time:- Rangers 1 Blackburn Rovers 2

Rangers:- Mark Weir; Alan Lowing, Ross Perry, Jordan McMillan, Steven Kinniburgh; Stephen Stirling (Gregg Wylde 46 mins), Paul Emslie, Jamie Ness, Steven Lennon; Rory Loy, Gil Bluhmennstein.

Rangers 0 Blackburn Rovers 3

It was a disappointing performance and result from the youths in todays friendly. Although they were without several players for one reason or another, I am sure Billy Kirkwood would have expected a better performance from his young side.

They went behind in the 10th minute when when the visitors centre half got a free header from a corner form the right that looped over keeper Gary Inglis giving him no chance.  Rangers then threatened briefly and the Blackburn keeper had to look sharp, first racing from his line to collect a through ball from trialist No 8, then moving quickly to save at the feet of Kane Hemmings.

On the half hour mark Kal Naismith had an effort from a free-kick wide on the right forcing the keeper to save low to his left. In general play the visitors were on top and doubled their lead on the stroke of half time, their left midfield player finding the net with a long range shot, keeper Inglis looking slow to react.

Half Time:- Rangers 0 Blackburn Rovers 2

The second half continued in the same pattern with the English side well on top and Inglis made a fine save low to his left just before the hour mark. The goal was only delayed a few minutes and again the home keeper should possibly have done better. A high cross from the right saw Gary out jumped and out muscled by the big striker who forced the ball home.

The Rangers side was really struggling and only a fine close range save from Inglis prevented a further goal. Then with eight minutes reaming the Blackburn striker brushed aside Steven Forbes and Scott Durie and raced clear, Inglis came form his goal to make another fine save.

So it was a bad day for the youths and Billy Kirkwood will hope the return of keepers Grant Adam and Mark Weir along with Danny Wilson, Jamie Ness, Gregg Wylde, Darren Cole and Chris Scott and improved performances from the others will be seen in the coming weeks.

Full Time:- Rangers 0 Blackburn Rovers 3

Rangers :- Gary Inglis; Trialist No 2 (Christiano Kisuka 66mins), Kyle Hutton, Scott Durie, Sreven Forbes; Max Wight ( Rhys McCabe 62 mins), Trialist No 8 (Gordon Dick 46mins), Trialist No 6 (Trialist No 17 46mins), Kal Naismith; Archie Campbell, Kane Hemmings

Scotland 17’s Win Malta Double Header

January 23, 2009

Scotland’s Under 17’s took on Malta in a double header last week as part of their preparation for the upcoming Elite Round European Qualifiers. There were four young Gers in the squad, Darren Cole, Gordon Dick, Kal Naismith and Max Wright.

Malta 1 Scotland 4

First game was on Monday 19th January at the Centenary Stadium. Scotland took the lead in the 5th minute through Callum McRobbie after he was put through by Scott Smith.  It was 2-0 after 38 minutes after a good move was finished by Jamie Pollock. A minute later it was 3-0, the Maltese keeper failing to hold a Gordon Dick shot. Michael Magginson scored from the rebound.

In the second half Malta pulled a goal back after 53 minutes through Sacha Borg.  The scoring was completed in the 73rd minute when Graeme McGregor scored Scotland’s fourth.

Scotland:- Andrew Kennedy (Celtic), Darren Cole (Rangers), Jordan Lowdon (Celtic), Kieran Duffie (Falkirk), Scott Smith (Hibs), Nicky Low (Aberdeen), Max Wright (Rangers), Gordon Dick (Rangers), Callum McRobbie (Aberdeen), Jamie Pollock (Motherwell), Mitchel Megginson (Aberdeen).

Subs:-  Ross Smith (Dundee Utd (For Duffie)), Graeme McGregor (Falkirk (For Cole)), Andrew Gardiner (Ross County(For McRobbie)), Kal Naismith (Rangers (For Megginson)), Fraser Fyvie (Aberdeen( For Lowdon)), Dale Hilson (Dundee Utd (For Low)), Grant Mosson (Celtic (For Wright)).

Not Used :- Marc McCallum (Dundee Utd), Graham Hutchinson (Lincoln City), Cameron Howie (Dundee Utd), Jordan Kirkpatrick (Hamilton Accies).


Malta 0 Scotland 4

The second game was on Wednesday 21st January, Scotland winning 4-0. The goals coming from Callum McRobbie (8 mins), Mitchel Megginson (19 & 56 mins) and Ross Smith (73 mins).

Scotland:- Andrew Kennedy (Celtic), Darren Cole (Rangers), Jordan Lowdon (Celtic), Grant Mosson (Celtic), Scott Smith (Hibs), Fraser Fyvie (Aberdeen), Max Wright (Rangers), Gordon Dick (Rangers), Callum McRobbie (Aberdeen), Jamie Pollock (Motherwell), Mitchel Megginson (Aberdeen).

Subs:-  Ross Smith (Dundee Utd (For Scott Smith)), Graeme McGregor (Falkirk (For Dick)), Kal Naismith (Rangers (For Pollock)), Nicky Low (Aberdeen (For Wright)).

Not Used :- Marc McCallum (Dundee Utd), Graham Hutchinson (Lincoln City), Cameron Howie (Dundee Utd), Jordan Kirkpatrick (Hamilton Accies), Kieran Duffie (Falkirk), Andrew Gardiner (Ross County),Dale Hilson (Dundee Utd) .

Scotland Under 17’s Squad for Malta Trip

December 14, 2008

Four Rangers youngsters have been selected for in the Scotland Under 17’s squad that will play to friendlies in Malta in January. Defender Darren Cole, Midfielder Gordon Dick and forwards Kal Naismith and Max Wright are the players making the trip. Scotland will play the local side on 19th and 21st January.

The Full Squad is as follows:-


Connor Fairley (Celtic)

Andrew Kennedy (Celtic)


Darren Cole (Rangers)

Kieran Duffy (Falkirk)

Grant Mosson (Celtic)

Lewis Toshney (Celtic)

Ross Smith (Dundee United)

Scott Smith (Hibs)


Gordon Dick (Rangers)

Fraser Fyvie (Aberdeen)

Jordan Lowdon (Celtic)

Cameron Howie (Dundee United)

Graeme McGregor (Falkirk)

Jamie Pollock (Motherwell)

Scott Robinson (Hearts)


Jordan Kilpatrick (Hamilton Accies)

Callum McRobbie (Aberdeen)

Michael Meggison (Aberdeen)

Kal Naismith (Rangers)

Max Wright (Rangers)

Scotland Under 19’s Face England

December 5, 2008

The Rangers youngsters likely to be involved in the Scotland Under 19’s and Under 17’s squads learned their fate with the elite rounds draw yesterday. 

The Under 19’s face a short trip down south, after being drawn with England, Slovakia and Bosnia. England are the group hosts, with games on 27th, 29th May and 1st June. With only the group winners going through to the finals in the Ukraine in July next year.

Their club colleague Isa Bagci’s Turkey look to have a tough task, travelling to Portugal, to face the hosts along with Denmark and Greece.

The younger group travel to Austria in March. There they have to overcome Italy, and Georgia as well as the hosts to take their place in the finals in Germany in May. The dates for these games are 20th, 22nd and 25th March.

Here’s hoping both sides can top their group and do Scotland proud in the summer.

Rangers 2 Motherwell 1

November 30, 2008

Once again the youth fixture clashed with the first team’s so I was unable to attend. Rangers made one change from the side that won at Kilmarnock, Danny Wilson returning from illness and Steven Forbes dropping to the bench. Former Rangers keeper Steven Coutts was in goal for Motherwell, while Nicky Gallagher missed out on a return visit to Murray Park after his red card against Celtic last week.

Rangers took the lead on 26 minutes when John Fleck’s corner was headed home by Isa Bagci from close  range. The game was made safe with fifeteen minutes remaining, Gregg Wylde broke down the left and his cross was converted by substitute Archie Campbell. Motherwell scored their consolation goal in injury time when Calum Hendrie scored with a powerful shoot from just inside the penalty area.

Rangers:- Arturs Vaiculus; Ross Perry, Chris Scott, Danny Wilson, Gregg Wylde; Kyle Hutton, Stephen Stirling, Jamie Ness, John Fleck; Kane Hemmings (Archie Campbell), Isa Bagci (Steven Forbes).

Motherwell:- Steven Coutts; Mark Smith (Jamie Pollock), Dario Quinn, David McAuliffe, Jordan Halsman; Patrick McPake, Steven Meechan, Peter Innes, Paul Slane; Ryan Martin, Steven Lawless (Calum Hendrie).

Next up for the youths is Dumbarton in the 4th round of teh Youth Cup. The game is at Ibrox next Sunday 7th December with a 1pm Kick Off.

Victory Shield footnote:-

All five Rangers players took part in Scotland’s 0-2 defeat at the hands of England at Sincil Bank, Lincoln on Friday night. Adam Hunter, Michael Noble and Dylan McGeough all started the game. Kyle McAusland replaced Adam Hunter in the first half, when it looked like the Rangers youngster sustsained a serious injury. Nicky Main replaced his Rangers team mate Dylan McGeough in the second half.

Here’s hoping the injury to Adam Hunter is not serious and he is back playing soon.

Victory Shield Scotland 2 Northern Ireland 2

November 7, 2008

Scotland 2 Northern Ireland 2

Scotland took on Northern Ireland tonight in their second Victory Shield match at Dens Park, Dundee. Four Rangers players started for Scotland, while Nicky Main was an unused substitute.

It was a slow start to the game and the first real opening came in the 16th minute for Northern Ireland. A cross from the right by Cormac Burke found Josh Carson coming in at the back post and his header was blocked by Adam Hunter. Three minutes later and a last gasp clearance by Carl Winchester prevented Scotland from taking the lead, Jamie Walker round the keeper Glendinning but Winchester cleared just as he was about to knock it into the net.

Kyle McAusland should have given Scotland the lead on 21 minutes, good play by David Smith on the left, his low cross across the six yard box should been converted but McAusland shot wide. At the other end a Burke shot was not far over, but keeper Shaun Thomson seemed to have in covered.

Scotland thought they had taken the lead on 29 minutes, a long pass from Dylan McGeough saw Walker lob the on rushing keeper. Luke McCullough got back to clear, with Scotland claiming it had crossed the line, but the assistant referee ruled otherwise.

The last chance of the first half came in 34 minutes, McAusland went down the right and played it low across goal, Smith came sliding in but knocked the ball wide.

Half Time : Scotland 0 Northern Ireland 0

Only a great save from Ross Glendinning prevented Scotland taking the lead in 34 mins, Substitute Calum McGregor’s free kick from the left was met by the head of McAusland, but the keeper made a fine save low to his left. Fifeteen minutes later and Northern Ireland came inches from scoring, a corner from the left was headed against the bar by McCullough.

As often happens the other team goes straight up the other end and scores. A McGeough corner from the left had Glendinning struggling and could only help it on towards the back post where Jamie Walker volleyed home from close range. A free kick from the left almost brought Northern Ireland their equaliser a minute later, but it was cleared for a corner by McAusland.

Set plays were causing problems at both ends, and McGeough’s next corner from the left was bundled towards goal by Kerr, only to come back off the post and the Nothern Ireland defence cleared . A set play was to prove the source of the game’s next goal, a corner from the left was header clear by Kerr, but landed at the feet of Josh Carson and he fired a great left foot shot high past the keeper to tie the game at 1-1.

On 73 minutes Michael Noble had to look sharp to clear over his one crossbar under pressure from John Edgar after a flick on by Kyle Curran. Captain Fraser Fyvie who was Scotland’s match winner against Wales almost did it again on 74 minutes but his shot came back off the post.

Chances were now coming thick and fast, a forward pass from Noble, saw Substitute Liam Gormley turn his marker and fire in a low left foot shot which produced a fine save from Glendinning. The goal was only delayed by a minute, A long deep cross from the right by Jack Grimmer, found substitute Calum McGregor coming in at the back post to volley home.

Northern Ireland were not to be denied and grabbed a second equaliser a minute later, good work on the left by Kyle Curran and his cross was headed under keeper Thomson by substitute John Edgar. Scotland had one final chance in injury time, when a Grimmer free kick was headed over by Gormley.

Scotland: Shaun Thomson (Hearts); Adam Hunter (Rangers), John Young (Celtic), Michael Noble (Rangers); Dylan McGeough (Rangers), Fraser Fyvie (Aberdeen), Graeme McGregor (Falkirk); Jamie Walker (Hearts), Kyle McAusland (Rangers), David Smith (Hearts).

Subs: Chris Ketterer (St. Mirren) for Young, Calum McGregor (Celtic) for Smith, Jack Grimmer (Aberdeen) for Hunter, Euan Lindsay (Hamilton Accies) for Walker, Liam Gormley (Motherwell) for McAusland.

Northern Ireland: Ross Glendinning (Greenisland); Carl Winchester (Linfield), Ben Oliver (Linfield), Luke McCullough ( Loughgall), Rory McKeown (Lisburn Youth); Matthew Ball (Norwich City), Jack Warburton (Watford), James Knowles (Lisburn Youth); Cormac Burke (Trojans), Michael McLellan (Linfield), Josh Carson (Greenisland).

Subs: Kyle Curran (Don Boscos) for McLellan, Paul George (Celtic) for Ball, John Edgar (Ballinamallard) for Winchester, Lee Toland (Don Boscos) for McKeown.

FIFA World U19’s Chile 1987

November 5, 2008

After covering the 1989 Under 16’s Championships in Scotland, I thought it would be interesting to look at the Rangers connection when Scotland reached the Under 19’s Finals in Chile in 1989. The only Rangers player to make the squad was Scott Nisbet, but there were other less obvious Rangers connections. Some significant and some minor and I will look at these later.

nizzyScotland were drawn in Group with Bahrain, Columbia and the GDR. In their opening game Scotland defeated at GDR side that included Matthias Sammer by 2 goals to 1. The Scotland goals coming from Joe McLeod (Dundee United) & John Butler (St.Mirren).

Next up came Bahrain, who had lost their opening game 1-0 to Colombia,and a Scott Nisbet equaliser securing a 1-1 draw. With the GDRdefeating Colombia 3-1, it meant in those days of 2 points for a win, all teams going in to the final games witha chance of qualifying. Scotland came from 2 down, with goals from Paul Wright (Aberdeen) & Joe McLeod again, meant qualification in second place to the GDR, who clinched top spot on goal difference, beating Bahrain 2-0.

The quarter finals paired Scotland with Andreas Möller inspired West Germany. It was to prove an eventful match for big Nizzy. After scoring Scotland’s equaliser in the 45th minute, he was sent off in 85minutes. The game finished 1-1, but Scotland lost 4-3 on penalties.

gordan_petricThe Germans went on to to defeat Chile 4-0 in the semi final, but lost the final on penalties to Yugoslavia. This brings us nicely to the most significant Rangers connection. He played over 60 games for Rangers and played in the winning Yugoslav side, none other than Gordan Petric. Another Scottish league connection being the Yugoslav keeper Dragoje Lekovićwho of course later played for Kilmarnock.

ally_edwardsThe Australian squad also provided a couple of less obvious Rangers connections. Alistair Edwards was a 6 foot plus winger, who spent at couple of seasons as a youth/reserve player at Ibrox. I remember him scoring at Parkhead for the reserves. Ally then played mainly in the Australian and Malaysian leagues and gained 22 full caps for Australia.

Another member of that Australian squad who made a big impact on their full international side gaining 46 caps, was Paul Trimboli. His senior career was almost exclusively with South Melbourne in Australia, but he did play three games on trial with Rangers.

Also Scotland squad players Robert McRobb (Aberdeen), Scott Crabbe (Hearts) and I think, but not 100% sure on this one, Steve Campbell (Dundee), played as guests for Rangers at a continental youth tournament.

The Scotland Squad in Chile was as follows

Goalkeepers :- Kevin McKeown (Motherwell), Alan Main (Dundee United)

Outfield players :- Robert McRobb (Aberdeen), Jim Weir (Hamilton Accies), Brian Welsh (Dundee United, Scott Nisbet (Rangers), Alex Mathie (Celtic), Steve Murray (Celtic), Billy McKinlay (Dundee United), Paul Wright (Aberdeen), Paul Hunter (East Fife), Joe McLeod (Dundee United), Alan Redpath (Hearts), Gary Ogilvie (Dundee), Steve Campbell (Dundee), John Butler (St.Mirren), Derek Cook (Kilmarnock), Scott Crabbe (Hearts).

Only Billy McKinlayfrom this group went on to represent Scotland at full international level, gaining 29 caps. It makes an interesting comparison with eventual winners Yugoslavia, who as well as the fore mentioned Gordan Petric & Dragoje Leković included the following players

Robert Jarni (Juventus & Real Madrid) 7 caps for Yugoslavia & 81 for Croatia.

Igor Štimac (Derby County & West Ham) 53 caps for Croatia



Zvonimir Boban (AC Milan) 8 caps for Yugoslavia & 51 for Croatia.

Predrag Mijatović (Valencia, Real Madrid & Fiorentina) 73 caps for Yugoslavia.



Robert Prosinečki (Real Madrid & Barcelona) 15 caps for Yugoslavia & 49 for Croatia.

Davor Šuker (Sevilla, Real Madrid, Arsenal) 2 caps for Yugoslavia & 69 for Croatia.


Where did Scotland go wrong ?

Victory Shield Squad for Northern Ireland Game

October 29, 2008

Five Rangers players in the Victory Shield squad for game against Northern Ireland at Dens Park on Friday 7th November 2008.

Robbie Thomson (Celtic)
Shaun Thomson (Hearts)

Adam Hunter (Rangers)
Michael Noble (Rangers)
Fraser Kerr (Motherwell)
Christopher Ketterer (St Mirren)
Kyle McAusland (Rangers)
John Young (Celtic)

Fraser Fyvie (Aberdeen)
Jack Grimmer (Aberdeen)
Nicholas Main (Rangers)
Dylan McGeogh (Rangers)
Callum McGregor (Celtic)
Graeme MacGregor (Falkirk)

Euan Lindsay (Hamilton Accies)
Conor Ramsay (St Mirren)
David Smith (Hearts)
Jamie Walker (Hearts)