Rangers U18s were held to a 2-2 draw by Partick Thistle on Friday night as former Manchester United trialist, James Graham, found the net again.
This age-group side have already been involved in a number of high-scoring games this season. The young Gers have no problem finding the net but they’ve struggled to keep opposition sides out at the other end and it was a similar story in this game at Lochinch.
Arron Lyall and James Graham both netted for the Light Blues [Rangers Youth Updates], but it wasn’t enough to secure a win in the friendly.
Lyall was one of a trio of exciting young players to sign professional deals at Ibrox in September and the 17-year-old has been in good form in front of goal, netting against the Jags and St Mirren earlier in the season.
Former Ross County youth star, Graham, is also producing the goods following his summer move.
📝@RFC_Youth are delighted to announce the signing of James Graham from Ross County.
While there was interest from a number of top English clubs, the 16 year-old striker has opted to choose Rangers as the place to continue his footballing development.
— Rangers Youth Academy (@RFC_Youth) June 25, 2020
The young striker is very highly-rated and after trials at both Man United and Liverpool, he joined Rangers to further his footballing development.
He was forced to wait months before his first outing for the club due to the global health crisis but is now making up for lost time.
The teenager netted his first Rangers goal in a win over Queen’s Park last week and he made it two in two with a spectacular strike in this one.
Following a throw-in on the right flank, Graham used his body well to evade a Thistle defender, before sending a first-time left-footed effort into the far corner from around 25 yards out.
Goal tonight 💙🇬🇧 pic.twitter.com/2jUKUdibhj
— James Graham (@James_Graham10) November 14, 2020
It’s unsure whether the youngster was searching for the top corner or a teammate, but we’re giving him the benefit of the doubt, as his promising start continues.
The onus is now on coaches, Cameron Campbell and David McCallum, to find a way to improve their side’s defence.