Rangers defender Lewis Mayo was named as captain for Scotland under-21s this afternoon’s 3-2 win over Northern Ireland which saw the young Gers have a massive impact on the outcome as Ben Williamson and Glenn Middleton scored for the hosts in Dumbarton.

Mayo was named in the starting XI alongside Stephen Kelly, Josh McPake and Williamson while Brian Kinnear and Middleton were named among the substitutes for Scot Gemmill’s side – with Middleton coming off the bench after the break to great effect.

The two sides met earlier this week with Northern Ireland running out 2-1 winners and the second game of the double-header saw the new-look Scotland side feature a host of players making their first appearances at this level – Mayo, Kelly and Logan Chalmers the only starters to have played for the under-21s before this set of fixtures.

Liverpool’s Tom Clayton opened the scoring with 22 minutes played, knocking home Josh McPake’s free-kick, before Northern Ireland levelled things up just a few minutes later through Celtic’s Ben Wylie.

Shortly before the break the hosts were back in front, Williamson capping off a fantastic season with a goal on his debut for the under-21s as he fired home from distance to send Scotland in at the break with a one-goal lead.


Northern Ireland again pulled themselves level with 20 minutes left when Ryan Waide smashed the ball home after a flick on from Oisin Smyth, setting up a thrilling finale as both sides looked for a winner.

With eight minutes left, Glenn Middleton stepped up to make it two goals in two games from the penalty spot as the Rangers winger ended his campaign on a high before returning to Ibrox to try and force his way into Steven Gerrard’s plans.

There were a couple of familiar faces in the Northern Ireland squad too with Kyle McClelland and Danny Finlayson, who recently joined St. Mirren permanently, both on the bench for the visitors.

In other news, Ronald de Boer has discussed Steven Gerrard’s Rangers future amid links to Premier League clubs

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