Multiple Rangers youth players were in action for Scotland on Wednesday evening, in their first UEFA U19 Championship Qualifying Round match against Belarus.

Three of the six young Gers in the squad started the fixture, with Nathan Patterson at full-back and both Josh McPake and Dapo Mebude taking up attacking roles.

Mebude is a regular starter for Scotland at this level. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Two Rangers youngsters score in Belarus draw

It didn’t take long for them to get involved either, with Nathan Patterson scoring in just the 12th minute. There was a large element of fortune about the opener, with the youngster’s volley, which was clearly intended as a cross, flying over the opposition keeper and into the top left corner.

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Then, Dapo Mebude stepped up to put Scotland 2-0 up after less than 20 minutes. He slotted a cooly taken penalty into the bottom right corner, beyond the keeper, who had guessed the right way.

 

Things were to go downhill from there, though.

The visitors got one back before half-time, through Dmitri Prischepa. Then, shortly after the interval, a defensive lapse led to Belarus pulling level and all the good work of the opening quarter was undone.

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Despite 17-year-old Gers Kai Kennedy and Ciaran Dickson being introduced and Victor Sotnikov picking up a red card with 10 minutes remaining, Billy Stark’s side couldn’t find a way to restore their lead.

A disappointing draw from an action-packed game, then. However, it’s great to see Academy prospects involved and scoring goals at youth international level.

Next up, is a fixture against Andorra in Dumbarton on Saturday.

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