Rangers end Lowland League campaign with Dalbeattie Star win
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Rangers end Lowland League campaign with Dalbeattie Star win

Rangers B have ended their maiden Lowland League campaign with a 4-3 win against Dalbeattie Star in Dumbarton – as David McCallum’s side brought the curtain down on a succesful campaign.

With the Old Firm fielding Colts in the fifth tier for the first time ever, the young Gers have consistently been pushing at the top of the table behind runaway champions Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic.

After the midweek win over Celtic in the semi-finals of the City of Glasgow Cup, there were three changes for Rangers as Jay Hogarth, Johnly Yfeko and Arron Lyall all come into the starting line-up with Lewis Budinauckas, Leon King and Alex Lowry all missing out.

It was the Light Blues who struck first, Tony Weston firing home after 16 minutes to give the hosts the advantage but by the time the half-time whistle went, it was Dalbeattie who had the lead, Russell Currie scoring twice.

Cole McKinnon had hit the bar twice for Rangers in the opening 45 but McCallum’s side couldn’t make their chances count before the interval.

A change at the break from Rangers saw Greig Allan replace Johnly Yfeko and just four minutes after the restart the Light Blues were back level, Ross McCausland making it 2-2.

After hitting the woodwork in the first half, McKinnon finally got his name on the scoresheet with a little under 30 minutes left, his stunning effort firing Rangers back in front.

Having finally got back in front, McKinnon put some shine on the win with his second of the afternoon, scoring in the dying minutes to make it 4-2 for Rangers.

The action wasn’t quite done there, Emmerson pulling one back for Dalbeattie and setting the stage for a late rally that never quite came.

The win allows Rangers B to climb into second place in the table, leapfrogging Celtic and East Kilbride and finishing up 14 points behind champions Bonnyrigg Rose.

The Gers return to the Lowland League next season and will be hoping to go one better and win the title as the young Ibrox stars look to force their way into the first-team reckoning.

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