Rangers B have beaten Albion Rovers this morning in a closed-doors friendly after two second-half goals from teenage striker Chris McKee to secure a 2-1 win.

The Gers named a young side with none of Steven Gerrard’s first-team involved and starts handed to five under-18s, including Leon King and McKee, for the Auchenhowie clash.

The opening 45 saw both sides have some chances but failing to make any of them count as the young Gers looked more than a match for their more senior opponents.

There were goals in the second half though with McKee’s late double enough to secure the win for the Gers – despite the Coatbridge side also getting on the scoresheet against the inexperienced Light Blues defence.

With the Challenge Cup cancelled for this season, the Rangers B team will likely use much of the campaign to play friendlies against senior sides and allow the younger players to test themselves.

Kevin Thomson’s side have seen many of the older players in the group head out on loan in recent weeks with the likes of Kai Kennedy, Josh McPake, Daniel Finlayson and Lewis Mayo making moves away.

There are likely to be many more similar tests like the one today and it is good to see the B team picking up under Thomson where they left off last season under Graeme Murty.

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