A late winner saw the Rangers Development squad defeat Aberdeen 2-1 at the Hummel Training Centre on Monday afternoon.

Josh McPake and Dapo Mebude were the only two players with any first-team experience, as Graeme Murty fielded a young side for this tie.

Dapo Mebude started this clash following an injury absence. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

It was an underwhelming first half from the hosts, too, with the Dons opening the scoring in the 37th minute through Lloyd Robertson.

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However, after regrouping at half-time, the Young Gers turned things around.

Substitute, Ross McCausland, got his side back on level terms with a stunning effort from the edge of the area on 58 minutes, setting up a tense final half an hour.

It was Rangers who would have the final say, though, with Ciaran Dickson firing beyond the opposition keeper to secure the win and bragging rights in the 89th minute.

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“It was a good game, it was a good challenge for our young players, I think we finished the game with six under-18’s on the pitch which is fantastic and two of them scored the goals,” coach, Graeme Murty, told Rangers.co.uk.

 

“I actually thought the guys had a really good impact from the bench and the manner in which we tried to play the game and the way we dealt with the ball was really pleasing.

“We took the game for what it was, it was an opportunity for guys to really work extremely hard and show us what they are made of and I thought for the majority of it they managed to do that.”

Another excellent outing for some of the club’s best young talents, then, who showed great character to come from behind to earn the victory.

Unfortunately, in the 53rd minute, Academy Player of the Year, Josh McPake, was forced off through injury.

The nature of his knock wasn’t specified by the Rangers Youth Academy account, but hopefully, it’s nothing too serious.

McPake is currently in the final stages of a loan stint with Dundee, who travel to Partick Thistle on Saturday afternoon.

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