Juan Alegria bagged an impressive brace as Rangers B downed Partick Thistle in their first 2021/22 City of Glasgow Cup fixture at the Rangers Training Centre.

David McCallum named a strong starting XI with a few tweaks to a typical Lowland League lineup. Kane Richie-Hosler replaced regular captain Adam Devine at right-back and midfielder Cole McKinnon took the armband, while prolific goalscorer Tony Weston dropped to the bench.

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Lowland League top goalscorer Tony Weston dropped to the bench. (Photo by Kevin Barnes – CameraSport via Getty Images)

They were up against a Partick Thistle XI that featured several first-team players looking for minutes, including Rangers loanee Jake Hastie.

It didn’t take long for the Young Gers to assert themselves, though, with Northern Ireland youth international Ross McCausland finding the top corner with a curling left-footed shot in just the sixth minute.

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Twenty minutes later it was two, with McCausland turning provider this time.

Juan Alegria at the double for Rangers B

After good work on the right wing, he picked out Juan Alegria, who tapped home from close range.

Rangers B weren’t done there, though, and they finished an impressive first half with a third on the stroke of the interval as Alegria fired home after Alex Lowry’s shot had been saved.

McCallum’s side took their foot off the gas a little in the second period and there were no further goals, but there were runouts for the likes of Charlie Lindsay, Lewis Mackinnon and Chris McKee.

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A Juan Alegria brace helped Rangers B defeat a Partick Thistle side that contained Rangers loanee Jake Hastie (pictured). (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

It’s another impressive result for Rangers B against decent opposition and the brace is sure to give Alegria a confidence boost.

Leon King also featured in the game and earlier, he had provided an instant reaction to Rangers’ tough-looking UEFA Youth League draw.

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