Six first team players involved as strong Gers Devs defeated by Glasgow club at RTC
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Six first team players feature as Rangers lose to Partick Thistle in friendly

A strong Rangers side featuring six first-team players lost a friendly against Partick Thistle on Tuesday afternoon at the Rangers Training Centre.

Jon Flanagan started in defence, while Matt Polster, Jake Hastie, Jordan Jones and Brandon Barker were named in midfield or wide positions.

Third choice goalkeeper, Andy Firth, also got some rare playing time.

Furthermore, young players who’ve previously made one appearance for the first team, Nathan Patterson, Dapo Mebude and Josh McPake, all also featured.


Therefore, this was a strong and experienced side coached by Graeme Murty, which took on the Championship strugglers.

There was no joy for Murty on Tuesday as Rangers succumbed to a friendly defeat to Partick Thistle. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

However, it wasn’t to prove strong enough on the day.

The Jags were quicker out of the blocks and took a 1-0 lead in the third minute through Dario Zanatta [Rangers Youth Academy Twitter]. Visiting keeper, Scott Fox, had to deal with efforts from Jones, Dickson and Barker, but there was to be no first-half goal for the hosts.

Less than ten minutes into the second period, Thistle were awarded a penalty, which Zanatta tucked away to double their advantage.

Rangers huffed and puffed thereafter, but it took the late introduction of a 17-year-old to provide a breakthrough.

Nathan Young-Coombes replaced Patterson in the 87th minute and netted just three minutes later, but while his contribution improved the scoreline for the Gers, it was too late to salvage a draw.

Thistle will have fielded a strong side after their weekend game was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch, but this will still be a disappointing result for Graeme Murty and the multiple first-team players involved.

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