Rangers under-18s recorded a comfortable 4-0 win against Hearts at Oriam last night as first-half goals from Robby Ure, Rory Wilson, Darren McInally and Zak McKay’s effort after the break secured the three points for the Gers.
The Light Blues took the lead after only seven minutes, Mackenzie Strachan’s free-kick headed home by Ure to give the visitors the perfect start.
Fifteen minutes later it was 2-0, Wilson breaking through and finishing well from a through ball that split the Hearts defence.
With the Assistant referee flagging for offside, there was a slight delay as the officials conversed before awarding the goal.
The Gers dominance almost saw Wilson grab a second, watching a header crash off the post before McInally did score the third from the spot.
A foul on Ure was rightly punished and McInally cooly converted the spot-kick shortly before the break to finish off an impressive opening 45 minutes.
A fairly quiet second half saw Rangers control the game as they dictated the tempo and cruised to a comfortable win – but the scoring wasn’t quite done; substitute Zak McKay adding a fourth for Rangers with eight minutes left after rounding Jambos keeper Liam McFarlane.
With the two sides meeting next month at Hampden in the Scottish FA Youth Cup final, it was the perfect dress rehearsal.
Rangers are also continuing to push for the CAS League title but with Hibs having a slew of games to play, there remains plenty room for twists in the race for the league.
Rangers: Pazikas, Harkness, Grant, Ewen, Ciubotaru, McInally, Strachan, Lindsay, Dunlop, Ure, Wilson
Subs: McConnell, McKay, Robertson, McLean, Duncan