Versatile Rangers B star Kane Ritchie-Hosler put in a man-of-the-match performance for the Colts in yesterday’s 5-1 thrashing of Gretna, getting his name on the scoresheet in the process, and thinks the Gers were a lot more clinical in front of goal.

Hosler was used in a more attacking role, having been deployed at full-back against East Stirling last weekend and his performance saw him singled out for praise by boss David McCallum.

Hosler scored the second of the Gers five goals at Raydale Park, and the Englishman admits it was good to hit the net after playing in number of different positions lately, telling Rangers TV: “I thought we were good; I think in the first half we created a lot of chances we were just unlucky but in the second half we were a lot more clinical and got the goals as well. 

“We came in at half time and just wanted to get more goals obviously, the main aim was so to just a bit more clinical in the final third.

“Obviously it’s good to score, I’ve been playing different positions so to get a goal is good. The different goal scorers show that [variation], even with people coming off the bench like Tony [Weston] and Greig [Allen], we just need to keep that going.”

Juan Alegria, Ross McCausland, Greig Allen and Tony Weston also struck as the Light Blues moved to within three points of Celtic B and Spartans in the race for second place.

Having suffered defeat against East Stirling in the league and Sevilla in the UEFA Youth League recently, Ritchie-Hosler confessed it was a “needed” win for the Gers as they look to push on and secure second behind runaway league leaders Bonnyrigg Rose, adding: “We’ve had a few poor results, but as I say we needed the result today and we got one so it’s just onto the next one.”

Meanwhile, Rangers’ Europa League rivals, Dortmund, have suffered a major injury blow heading into the return leg at Ibrox next week.

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