Rangers B lose out to Lowland League champions in narrow 2-1 defeat
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Rangers B lose out to Lowland League champions in narrow defeat

Rangers B have lost to Lowland League champions Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic as Neil Martynuik and Sean Brown goals sealed three points at Dumbarton for the runaway league winners.

A much-changed Rangers side saw six changes from their previous outing against Celtic with a number of David McCallum’s side away on international duty with their respective national teams.

There was a place in the side for Leon King after he was forced to withdraw from the Scotland under-19 squad for their Elite Round qualifiers in Hungary.

It was Rangers who took control of the early stages of the game but struggled to really offer any threat in the final third as the Bonnyrigg defence coped well with everything the Gers threw at them.

McCallum’s side would create a flurry of good chances midway through the opening half, Ure and Lyall both forcing saves from Mark Weir in the Bonnyrigg goal.

The pressure finally paid off ten minutes before the break, Neil Martynuik’s passback catching Weir out and rolling over the line to hand the Colts the lead at half time.

It was more of the same after the restart as the young Gers tried to make the most of their lead and grab a second – but it was Bonnyrigg who would strike first.

A penalty decision would give Matynuik the chance to redeem himself for his earlier own goal and he fired his effort beyond Budinauckas to draw Rose level after an hour.

Just ten minutes after equalising, Bonnyrigg were in front, Brown doing well to create some space before slotting the ball beyond Budinauckas and turning the game on its head.

Rangers had a great chance to draw level in the final minute, Lyall sending Weston in at goal but the striker forcing a block from Weir as the chance passed.

The result leaves Rangers third in the table, three points behind East Kilbride with a game in hand and a far superior goal difference.

Next up for the Colts is a clash with University of Stirling on April 9 as McCallum’s side look to secure second in the Lowland League table.

Rangers: Budinauckas, Harkness, Yfeko, King, McClelland, Miller, Lyall, Fraser, Ure, Ritchie-Hosler, Weston.
Subs: Cervantes, Allan, McInally, Dunlop, Strachan, Pasnik

In other news, a Rangers star was pictured smiling in training despite potential Celtic absence reports

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