On Tuesday afternoon, Rangers Reserves hammered Hamilton at the Hummel Training Centre.

It represents a crucial three points, setting up a decisive final day fixture.

Ahead of kick-off, the team news brought a few surprises.

The inclusion of a major first-team star was certainly unexpected. Yet, that wasn’t the only strengthening Graeme Murty did to his young team.

Graeme Murty oversaw yet another impressive display. (Photo by Lynne Cameron/Getty Images)

Two players who have been out on loan also returned and slotted into the starting lineup.

Jamie Barjonas and Andrew Dallas.

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Barjonas has spent the majority of the season away from Ibrox, initially with Bury. Now, though, he’s turning out for Raith Rovers in SPFL League One.

 

Dallas was a major source of goals for the Reserves and age group sides during the first half of the season. He joined Championship outfit Greenock Morton in January but has struggled to make an impact.

Robby McCrorie left for Morton at the same time, but is faring better. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

There’s still work to be done with their respective adopted sides. Raith will take part in the end of season playoffs, while Morton are battling to face the drop. Yet, the Gers clearly thought this was a sufficient occasion for which to temporarily recall them.

It worked out well, too.

Both youngsters on the scoresheet

Despite a barren run, there were certainly no signs of a lack of confidence in front of goal from Andy Dallas. He scored Rangers’ second of the game with a well-taken 38th-minute header.

Barjonas was extremely lively, too. The 20-year-old midfielder found the side netting and the post in the first half and for a while, it looked as though it might be one of those days.

Barjonas has a handful of appearances for the Gers first team. (Photo by Alan Rennie/Action Plus via Getty Images)

That was until ten minutes into the second half, when he sent a superb effort into the top corner from 25 yards.

His goal restored the two-goal advantage, giving some additional breathing space.

Overall then, an inspired move by the Gers to recall two of their young talents. Goals for each player are sure to give confidence boosts ahead of the big challenges that lie in wait between now and the end of the season.