Rangers Colts were sent crashing out of the UEFA Youth League after losing 4-0 to an impressive Atletico Madrid side at Firhill this afternoon.
The Light Blues fell behind to an early goal after a mistake from keeper Lewis Budinauckas before three second-half strikes sent the Spaniards into the last sixteen.
Graeme Murty’s side have done well to get this far in their debut in the competition as they were undone by a talented Madrid side.
With their Youth League ambitions at an end for the season, attention will turn to Sunday’s Challenge Cup semi-final clash with Inverness CT.
Murty and his staff will pick the bones our of the defeat and look how they can improve ahead of Sunday – as they look to bounce back immediately and secure themselves a place in a national senior final.
Here’s how Murty’s side performed against Atleti at Firhill on a disappointing afternoon.
Lewis Budinauckas – 5
Mistake cost Rangers the opening goal with just six minutes played as he misjudged a corner. Had another couple of shaky moments as the Gers toiled.
Nathan Patterson – 7
The captain was a constant threat down the right flank as the Gers looked to get themselves back into the game. Had his hands full with the impressive Riquelme as the Atletico starlet caught the eye for the Spaniards.
James Maxwell – 6
Couldn’t get as forward as often as Patterson on the other side but kept working away to carve out opportunities while trying to keep it tight defensively.
Danny Finlayson – 6
The defender will be heading to America soon to join Orange County SC on loan and put in a decent performance against Atletico. Despite the scoreline, the defence dealt with the Spanish side for a lot of the game before falling apart late on.
Rhys Breen – 6
Almost scored an excellent opener just before Atleti did score and put in a solid shift alongside Finlayson. Looked accomplished on the ball as Rangers tried to get back into the game.
Murray Miller – 6
Industrious performance in midfield without ever really excelling. Guilty of giving the ball away a little bit too often at times but far from the worst for it. Replaced by Young-Coombes in the 52nd minute.
Josh McPake – 5
Some really good flashes but not enough from the attacker as the Gers failed to test Atletico’s Saldana enough. As one of the ‘headline’ players in the side, he needs to offer more. Replaced midway through the second half.
Ciaran Dickson – 6
Covered lots of ground but didn’t look his usual, confident, self in midfield. Picked the wrong pass on several times but never hid as Rangers pushed hard to get back into the game.
Dapo Mebude – 6
Pace, movement and strength of Mebude caused real problems for the Atletico defence. Had a shout for a penalty but nothing given. Drifted out of the game as Atletico took control.
Cammy Palmer – 5
Back in the side after spending the first part of the season on loan with Partick Thistle and looked a bit too panicked when in possession. Worked hard to get involved but decision making and final pass let him down too often. Replaced midway through the second half.
Kai Kennedy – 7
Fired a couple of really dangerous free-kicks into the Atletico penalty area as Rangers searched for an equaliser. Rangers’ biggest threat over the 90 minutes and caused lots of problems for the visitors.
Substitutes: Nathan Young-Coombes (5) Replaced Miller but had little impact; Balde (5) On for McPake but largely ineffectual. Ritchie-Hosler (5) Took over from Palmer as Murty made a double change.