Rangers youngster Andy Dallas was the hero as his two strikes were the difference in the Rangers reserve’s Reserve League winning 3-1 win over Falkirk today.
With Celtic reserves only beating their St. Johnstone equivalents 3-2, it means Rangers lift the reserve team trophy on goal difference. It’s yet another major achievement by Graeme Murty, Craig Mulholland and all the youngsters at Rangers.
Much of the team, Dallas included, are teenagers. But after a solid showing, is the big youngster proving it’s time he got a shot in the first team?
FULL-TIME: Falkirk 1-3 Rangers
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He will now be hoping to build on this double and stake a claim for a place in the first team squad next season.
The Andy Dallas double followed a Rhys Breen leveller after Falkirk’s Nikolay Todorov had the Bairns ahead.
And it was Breen who turned provider after his header from a corner was straight into the path of Dallas who put Rangers in front. Rangers would go on to hit the woodwork numerous times in the match, setting up a nervy final 10 minutes.
But Rangers and Dallas would eventually put the game beyond doubt from the penalty spot in the closing stages.
The big striker, now 19, had been on loan at Greenock Morton since January. However, he failed to score in 13 matches with the Ton.
After coming back to Rangers following the weekend’s fixtures he was clearly happy to be home. His double fired Rangers to the Reserve League championship.
But there’s every chance the club will find another loan move for the talented forward instead. His poor form at Morton suggests he might not be ready for first team action, just yet.
In related news, after a successful season in the Reserve League, Rangers might yet decide to leave it altogether to ensure the club’s youngsters get the best possible development.