Rangers U18s’ hopes of winning the league were dealt a big blow by Hibernian on Friday night as they lost for the first time since November.
While the B Team’s Lowland League fixture against Dalbeattie Star at Dumbarton was abandoned prior to kick-off due to an issue with the pitch, the U18s game went ahead at Ormiston.
A strong-looking XI was named, with hat-trick hero from the last league outing Darren McInally starting in midfield and the likes of Charlie Lindsay, Robbie Ure and Rory Wilson – all of whom have featured for the B Team at various points this season – also selected.
Rangers U18s defeated by Hibernian
Things didn’t go according to plan, though, against a Hibs side who are yet to taste defeat in the league this season.
The hosts led 1-0 at the interval and although the Young Gers would rally in the second half, the Edinburgh club ultimately pulled away and won 4-2.
Rangers’ goals were scored by Wilson and Lindsay, meaning that the former has now netted in each of the U18s’ last four matches in all competitions.
It’s also good to see Lindsay on the scoresheet as the supremely talented 17-year-old – who won the Player of the Tournament award at the Alkass Cup a few years ago – will be looking to kick on over the coming months after a slightly underwhelming first half of the season.
The defeat is a damaging blow for Cameron Campbell’s side’s chances of winning the league title, as Hibs are now just eight points behind them in second with a whopping seven games in hand [Rfcyouths.wordpress.com].