Rangers B kicked off the Lowland League season last night with a trip to Edinburgh to face Civil Service Strollers at Christie Gillies Park but it was a disappointing night as David McCallum’s side slipped to a 2-1 defeat.
The Gers side only featured one of the new signings in the starting XI as Connor Young made his first competitive start for the Light Blues, with striker Zak Lovelace among the subs.
Rangers started on the front foot and looked hungry to put the game to bed early, looking as if they were heading for the three points when the Gers went 1-0 inside the opening 20 minutes.
Charlie Lindsay’s free-kick was met by Lewis MacKinnon inside the area and the defender cooly finished to make it 1-0 Rangers with 17 minutes on the clock.
McCallum’s side continued to push for a second goal and create some breathing room but it was the hosts who were next to get their name on the scoresheet when Euan Valentine netted shortly before the break.
As Rangers looked to keep things level until half time, they were hit by a sucker punch when Valentine scored his second of the night to turn the game around.
McCallum would make a change at the break, bringing Lovelace on for Young as the Gers chased the three points and an opening day win.
The Light Blues would make a number of chances to draw level as the second 45 wore on; Fraser, MacKinnon and Ure all having efforts at goal before the Gers finally got the ball in the net for a second time.
However, the assistant referee’s flag would deny Rangers a last-gasp equaliser – as well as a maiden goal for Zak Lovelace – leaving Rangers to head back across the M8 with nothing to show for their efforts.
RANGERS: Budinauckas, Ritchie-Hosler, MacKinnon, Allan, Fraser, Young (Lovelace, 46), Lindsay, Strachan (Graham, 68), Lyall (Harkness, 68), McCausland, Ure.
SUBS: Pazikas, K. Ewen, H. Ewen, Pasnik,