Rangers U18s started the new year with a 2-1 comeback victory over St Mirren at the Hummel Training Centre on Friday evening.

For the first fixture of 2020, the coaching staff gave plenty of players game time, in a clear attempt to help the squad back into the swing of things following the Christmas break.

It took the Young Gers a while to get going, with St Mirren striking the post before going ahead just 15 minutes into the contest.

However, the response from the hosts was strong.

Ross McCausland levelled the scores on 31 minutes. After being picked out by Matty Yates, he dropped the shoulder to cut inside and dispatch a finish into the far corner [Rangers Youth Updates].

The comeback was then completed just five minutes before half-time by Northern Ireland youth international, Chris McKee. The striker saw his initial effort blocked, but after the ball broke kindly for him again, he showed composure to finish at the second time of asking.

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Multiple changes were made at the interval, with Jay Hogarth, Ryan Muir, Lewis MacKinnon and former Philadelphia Union youth, Julian Anderson, all getting a runout.

Keeper, Hogarth, was called upon on several occasions during the second period, while at the other end, Cole McKinnon struck a post, but there were to be no further goals in the contest.

Not quite as comfortable as it has often been for the Gers at U18 level this season, then, considering the hammerings they dished out to Dundee and Inverness Caley Thistle prior to the break.

Nonetheless, it’s a positive start to the year, and after a silverware-laden 2019, the Academy will be targeting even more success in 2020.

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