Rangers B head coach David McCallum has given his verdict on last night’s 2-1 defeat by Civil Service Strollers in their opening Lowland League game of the season and admits he was left frustrated by his side’s performance.
The Light Blues took a 1-0 lead before a late first-half double saw the hosts grab the three points and McCallum thinks there were several areas that his side can improve on moving forward.
While McCallum thinks keeper Lewis Budinauckas should have done better at one of the goals, he thinks his side failed to create enough chances to merit the three points.
“It’s frustrating. There’s nothing from tonight’s game that surprised us. We expected a physical, chaotic-type game – which I thought we actually managed quite well,” McCallum told Rangers TV.
“I thought we dealt with a lot of the sort of aerial strength that they had and minimised that to the best we could; I thought that a lot of the second and third balls, which we felt was going to be a challenge as well, generally we mopped up and managed well.
“Ultimately the game came and went on the back of two free-kicks, one of which he’s got to save and Bud is in full agreement with that and I think the second one is a good strike. It’s one of those unfortunate things but they are late in the first half where we would like to manage the game at that moment a little bit better.
“Then in the second half, as much as we got ourselves into some good positions in the final third, I thought we didn’t create enough, I don’t think we worked the goalkeeper enough and I think that quite simply comes down to the last decision, the last action, we do with the ball and the movement in the box to carry more threat into their back line.
“That’s where this came and went and that is frustrating.”
Disappointing start as Rangers B eye Lowland League title push
Losing on the opening day is never ideal but hopefully, it is just a temporary blip by Rangers.
The Gers have ambitions to end the season on top of the table – although the B teams are officially removed from the league table – and they won’t have wanted to start with a loss.
However, with only a few days until they are back in action they will be able to quickly put things right when they face East Kilbride.