Rangers supremos Steven Gerrard, Gary McAllister and Ross Wilson were spotted in the crowd on a potential scouting mission as the Gers’ B team took on Ayr United.

The Young Gers have been enjoyed a splendid Lowland League campaign – where they currently sit second with two games in hand having won nine and lost one of their ten matches – but this was the biggest test of the B side’s credentials yet against an experienced Championship team.

Taking on the Jim Duffy’s side in the Challenge Cup in what was technically a home game despite being at the Dumbarton Football Stadium, it wasn’t to be for a spirted young Gers side who eventually fell to a 3-0 defeat.

But the purpose of the project is to get these young players a taste of the big time and this will act as a steep learning curve for a young side on top form at their level at present.

For the Ibrox hierarchy in attendance, this match may well have been more about assessing the progress of some of the names at the forefront of this young side.

This is especially pertinent given the comments of Steven Gerrard only a few weeks ago, with the Rangers manager claiming a few were knocking at the first-team door.

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“I’ve been impressed with the B team lads we have had a round us,” said Gerrard [Rangers].

“We have had a lot in the last couple of days and had to promote a couple because of Covid situations.

“We have a lot of B team players that are knocking on the door to come into the squad.”

Several young players impressing at B team level

Over the course of this season so far, there have been several young players who’ve impressed in pre-season and amid Covid-19 call-offs pre-international break, who covered in the absence of some big hitters.

Those perhaps leading the back are summer signing from Manchester United Charlie McCann, as well as Northern Irish youngster Charlie Lindsay, ex-Blackpool forward Tony Weston and talented centre-back Leon King.

The captain of David McCallum’s young side, Kyle McClelland, was also missing for the clash with Ayr, causing some speculation in the tabloids amid a threadbare Ibrox senior squad defensively.

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Rangers supremos travelled to Dumbarton to see the likes of ex-Man Utd youth Charlie McCann in action. (Photo by John Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images)

The success of the B Team model will be defined by those players who break into the first-team and we’re sure that even in defeat, a few will have given Steven Gerrard and co something to think about.

Speaking of those first-team defensive deficiencies, the Gers have reportedly been handed a major boost ahead of the club’s Europa League clash with Lyon.

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