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Youth Cup Quarter Final draw

December 14, 2008

The youths will be away to Motherwell or Livingston in the 5th round of the SFA Youth Cup. Livingston were impressive in a pre-season friendly at Murray Park drawing 0-0, and the youths recently edged out Motherwell 2-1 in the league at the same venue.

Full Draw as follows:-

Inverness Caley Thistle -v- Celtic

Hamilton Accies -v- Falkirk

Hibs -v- Raith Rovers

Motherwell -v- Rangers

Ties to be played on Sunday 15th February 2009.

Rangers 3 Dumbarton 1

December 7, 2008

Rangers 3 Dumbarton 1

Rangers moved into the 5th round of the youth cup today, with a low key win over Dumarton. There was one change to the team that defeated Motherwell last week, with Archie Campbell coming in and Isa Bagci dropping to the bench.

The first chance of note came in the 5th minute, Gregg Wylde adavancing down the left and his cross come shot was saved at the near post by keeper Chris Calder. Four minutes later Wylde again attacked down the left, when his cross was cleared to the edge of the box Stephen Stirling fired over.

Rangers took the lead in the 13th minute, a through ball from Kyle Hutton sent Archie Campbell clear and he made no mistake. Three minutes later a throw-in was worked on the left between Wylde and Jamie Ness, when the cross from Ness was cleared it fell to Ross Perry who shot just over.

The second goal was only delayed untill the 19th minute, a John Fleck corner was cleared to the right hand corner of the box, Archie Campbell lobbed the ball over everyone into the net to make it 2-0. A minute later Rangers almost made it 3-0, Ness sent Fleck clear on the left, keeper Calder saved his effort with his legs, Kane Hemmings follow up hit the outside of the post and went wide.

Dumbarton’s first real venture into the Rangers half came in 23 minutes, a quick free kick released Andy Moore down the right, his attempted cross from a good position was cut out by Chris Scott. Five minutes later a Fleck pass setup Archie Campbell but he dragged his shot accross goal.

Rangers then created and missed three great chances before half time. First a Gregg Wylde run and cross from the left was knocked just wide by Kane Hemmings. A minute later an Archie Campbell cross was met by Danny Wilson, who was stretching a bit and the ball went over. Then on the stroke of half time Jamie Ness burst into the box and his cut back was met by John Fleck only to creep past the far post.

Half Time:- Rangers 2 Dumbarton 0

The first effort of the second half came from Stephen Stirling on 50 minutes, his shot being saved by keeper Calder. A few minutes later a long range shot from Gregg Wylde went narrowly past. On 56 minutes Rangers recieved a warning that the tie wasn’t over when Kieran Brannan shot just wide.

They failed to take heed of that warning and on 62 minutes Dumbarton were back in the tie, They were awarded a free kick a few yards out side the box and Alan Cook stepped up to shoot low past Arturs Vaiculus. As Rangers stepped up the pace a double save from Calder kept the score at 2-1, first he saved a Steven Forbes shot from the edge of the box and then blocked Gregg Wylde’s effort from the rebound.

Dumbarton’s attacks were few and far between, but on 68 minutes Moore released Brannan but his effort went wide. Rangers needed another goal to make the tie safe, but failed to take another couple of great chances. With fifeteen minutes remaining John Fleck’s cut back was poked wide by Stephen Stirling. A few minutes later a throw-in worked between Perry and Stirling, saw Campbell shoot over from Stirling’s cut back.

Rangers finally got the third goal with seven minutes left on the clock, a long ball from Stephen Stirling saw Isa Bagci out pace the defender and run through to make it 3-1. This was enough to see Rangers through to the next round, but better performances will be required if they are to retain the trophy.

Rangers 3 Dumbarton 1

Rangers:- Arturs Vaiculus; Ross Perry, Chris Scott, Danny Wilson, Gegg Wylde; Kyle Hutton (Steven Forbes 52mins), Stephen Stirling, Jamie Ness, John Fleck; Archie Campbell, Kane Hemmings (Isa Bagci 58 mins).

Not Used :- Gary Inglis, Darren Cole, Kyle McAusland.

Dumbarton:- Chris Calder; Thomas McLeary (Grant Richmond 84 mins), Shaun McKenzie, Richard McKillen, Alan Cook; Nicky Russell (Curtis Rose 78 mins), Tony Wallace, Martin McNiff, Daly McSorley; Kieran Brannan, Andy Moore.

Not Used:- Scott Adamson, Ryan Abbott, Mark Baird.

Other 4th Round Scores

St.Mirren 0 Inverness Caley Thistle 2

Fakirk 3 Hearts 2 AET

Motherwell 2 Livingston 1

Ross County 0 Hibs 8

Raith Rovers 6 Civil Service Stollers 0

Celtic 7 Cowdenbeath 0

Queen’s Park 2 Hamilton Accies 2 AET Hamilton won 5-4 on penalties.

Under 19’s: The Season So Far

November 19, 2008


Unlike following the fortunes of the first team, where players leave and arrive through decisions by the coaching staff and management. Youths team also have an additional factor that changes the squad, the player’s date of birth. Having completed the double that last two seasons, this year’s youth team look to face the challenge with a younger and smaller squad.

With Scott Gallagher, Steven Kinniburgh, Ross Harvey, Andrew Shinnie, Thomas Kind Bendiksen, Georgos Efrem, Chris Craig, Andy Little and Willie McLachlan all moving up to reserve level, Michael Donald heading to the US on a “soccer” scholarship and Jeroen Van Den Broeck returning to Belgium, that means a total of eleven players now too old from last season’s squad. In addition four younger players were also released, all would potentially feature against the youths this season, Ally Park (Hibs), Lancine Cherif (Kilmarnock), Nicky Gallagher (Motherwell) and Shaun Porter (Inverness CT).

Three new signings were made, striker Kane Hemmings from Tamworth, midfielder Tom Miller from Norwich City and just before the transfer deadline a 16 year old midfielder from New Zealand Andrew Milne. Nine players were reatined from last season’s under 15’s and now step up to under 17’s.


So the season starts with only six players on their final year at this level, with Craig McShea still recovering from the broken leg he suffered at the end of last season. The squad was dealt a further blow when new signing Tom Miller suffered a serious injury in pre-season training and would be out for some time.

The opening league game was away to Falkirk at Stirling University. In recent seasons games against Falkirk have been tight, and this was the case here with a late goal from 16 year old substitute Rhys McCabe separating the sides.  Next up came a home game against Hearts, unfortunately it clashed with a first team trip to Aberdeen, so I was unable to attend. A goal in each half from Danny Wilson and Kane Hemmings meant the loss of a last minute goal did not impact on the result Rangers winning 2-1.

The last game in August was a trip to take on Aberdeen at Balgownie Playing Fields, not the best of playing surfaces so August was probably a good time to go there. Another game I was unable to attend, this time due to work commitments. Rangers went into the game without Danny Wilson, Stephen Stirling, Rhys McCabe and Kane Hemmings. An Archie Campbell hat trick gave Rangers a comfortable 3-1 win.


The first Old Firm clash at Barrowfield saw a young Rangers side produce a gutsy performance to secure an 0-0 draw. Rangers went into the game without defensive mainstays Ross Perry and Danny Wilson, as well as long term casualties Craig McShea and Tom Miller. Scott Durie was outstanding in the centre of defence. The game also saw 15 year old Kyle  McAusland make his under 19 debut as a second half substitute.

Lancine Cherif made a scoring return to Murray Park in the next game, but this time in the colours of Kilmarnock. His goal cancelling out an earlier Archie Campbell strike. The  winning goal came from Isa Bagci just before half time. The second half failed to produce anymore goals Rangers winning 2-1.

With both Rangers and Motherwell having a few players in the Scotland under 17’s squad for the European Championship qualifiers the next league game was postponed. Four Rangers players, Darren Cole, Max Wright, Gordon Dick and Kal Naismith contributed to Scotland qualifying in 2nd place. Gordon Dick scoring half Scotland’s eight goals in a group that included France, Slovakia and San Marino.

The impressive new Hibs Training Centre was the venue for the top of the table clash at the beginning of October. With Arturs Vaiculus away on International duty with Latvia, Grant Adam took over in goal, it also saw the first appearance of the season at Under 19’s for John Fleck. Former Rangers players Ally Park and Darren Kelly featured in the Hibs squad.


After a goaless first half, two goals early in the second half from Patrick Deane gave Hibs a two goal cushion. Substitute Gordon Dick pulled a goal back, before a harsh sending off for Chris Scott dented Rangers chances. Everyone in attendance was surprised when the referee produced a straight red for what was no more than a yellow card offence. 

With two minutes left Rangers were reduced to nine men, a rash challenge from Oliver Russell, who should at least have been cautioned for a blatant body check minutes earlier, saw John Fleck raise his hands in retaliation, leaving the referee with no option to produce a red card. Nine man Rangers almost salvaged an unlikely point with the last kick of the ball, Danny Wilson hit a free kick from just outside the box only for Hibs keeper Tom Flynn to produce a stunning save low at his right hand post.

The youth’s got back to winning ways the afternoon of the club’s AGM, just along the road from Ibrox at McKenna Park against St. Mirren. Another game I missed due to work commitments, goals from Gregg Wylde, Archie Campbell & Isa Bagci gave the youngsters a comfortable 3-0 win.

Scotland’s Under 19’s qualifiers in Hungary meant another break in fixtures. With Grant Adam, Danny Wilson, Ross Perry, Stephen Stirling and Jamie Ness, (John Fleck withdrew injured), all in the squad for qualifiers against Azerbaijan, San Marino and Hungary. With two wins and a draw Scotland topped the group to qualify for the next stage.

November meant back to league duty with a game against bottom side Hamilton Accies, the game was due to be away from home, but was switched to Murray Park. After a first minute set back when Hamilton were awarded a penalty, which was saved by Arturs Vaiculus, goals from Gregg Wylde, Archie Campbell, Stephen Stirling and a first at Under 19 level for 15 year old Kyle McAusland ensured a comfortable 4-0 win.

Youth Cup action was next up for Billy Kirkwood’s side, with a home tie against Brora Rangers, the game being played at Ibrox the same day the first team were playing at Kilmarnock. Why it couldn’t have been played on the Saturday I don’t know.  Six different scores, Gordon Dick, Gregg Wylde, Kane Hemmings, Kal Naismith, Max Wright & Ross Perry saw Rangers cruise into the next round.


This brings us to last weekends game, which again unfortunately clashed with the first team fixture. A 1-1 draw at home to Inverness Caley Thistle was an opportunity missed, with Hibs not playing a win would have narrowed the gap at the top to a single point. Stephen Stirling’s goal was cancelled out just before half time by Caley’s Shane Sutherland. The Rangers connection in the Caley line up was Andrew Shinnie’s younger brother Graeme, and substitute Shaun Porter who was with Rangers last season.

In summary its been a promising start for what is a young squad, with the injuries to Craig McShea and Tom Miller there has only been four 18 year olds to call on.  The only two players that have started all games are 17 year olds Archie Campbell and Steven Forbes. There has been a significant contribution from several 16 year olds and 15 year old Kyle McAusland has scored his first youth league goal.

Hopefully I will be able to attend the up coming fixtures, starting with the Kilmarnock game this weekend and will keep the site updated.

Youth Cup 4th Round Draw

November 13, 2008

After easing passed Brora Rangers on Sunday the Under 19’s have been rewarded with a home tie against Dumbarton. The Sons have reached this stage by defeating East Stiring 5-1 away from home in the 2nd round, followed by a 3-2 home win over Edinburgh City in the 3rd Round. Ties are scheduled to be played on Sunday 7th December 2008.

The other ties are as follows:-

St. Mirren -v- Inverness CT

Falkirk -v- Hearts

Motherwell -v-Livingston

Ross County -v- Hibs

Raith Rovers -v-Civil Service Strollers

Celtic -v-Cowdenbeath

Queen’s Park -v- Hamilton Accies

Rangers 6 Brora Rangers 0

November 9, 2008

Rangers 6 Brora Rangers 0

The Under 19’s started their defence of the Youth Cup today with a home tie against Highland League side Brora Rangers. Unfortunately the game clashed with the first team fixture at Rugby Park so I was unable to attend. Therefore I have to apologise for a lack of match report, I am sure there must have been a reason that this game could not have been played on Saturday.

Rangers ran out comfortable 6-0 winners, first half goals from Gordon Dick and Gregg Wylde were followed by second half strikes from Kane Hemmings, Kal Naismith, Max Wright and Ross Perry.

Rangers Team:

Arturs Vaiculis; Steven Forbes, Ross Perry, Darren Cole, Gregg Wylde; Gordon Dick, Stephen Stirling, Kyle Hutton, Kal Naismith; Archie Campbell, Kane Hemmings (Max Wight).

Unused Subs

Grant Adam, Dylan McGeough, Kyle McAusland, Andrew Milne.

The youths next game is Saturday 15th November against Inverness Caley Thistle in the Youth League. This is being played at Murray Park with a 1pm kick off.

Other 3rd Round Results

Livingston 2 Dundee 1

Queens Park 3 St.Johnstone 2

Stenhousemuir 0 Hibs 2

Hearts 7 Queen Of The South 0

Inverurie Locos 0 Raith Rovers 6

Cowdenbeath 1 Partick Thistle 1 (Cowdenbeath won 4-3 on penalties)

Stranraer 0 Celtic 12

Motherwell 4 Kilmarnock 0

Ross County 5 Dalbeattie Star 1

Inverness CT 8 Annan Athletic 2

St Mirren 1 Dundee United 0

Hamilton Accies 5 Inverness Clach 0

Falkirk 1 Aberdeen 0

Civil Service Strollers 2 Deveronvale 0

Dumbarton 3 Edinburgh City 2

Youth Cup 3rd Round Draw

October 21, 2008

Rangers have a home draw against Brora Rangers in the Youth Cup 3rd Round. This is the round where the teams that progressed to last season’s later rounds enter.

Brora Rangers got a bye in the 1st round and defeated Nairn County 7-3 away from home in the 2nd Round. It is a great draw for the youngsters from the highlands and they will no doubt be looking forward to their trip to Murray Park or maybe even Ibrox.

Youth Cup 3rd Round

Livingston v Dundee
Queens Park v St Johnstone
Rangers v Brora Rangers
Stenhousemuir v Hibernian
Heart of Midlothian v Queen of the South
Inverurie Loco Works v Raith Rovers
Cowdenbeath v Partick Thistle
St Cuthbert Wanderers or Stranraer v Celtic
Motherwell v Kilmarnock
Ross County v Dalbeattie Star
Inverness Caledonian Thistle v Annan Athletic
St Mirren v Dundee United
Hamilton Academical v Clachnacuddin
Falkirk v Aberdeen
Civil Service Strollers v Deveronvale
Dumbarton v Edinburgh City

Ties should be played by Sunday 9th November.