Rangers B coach David McCallum delivered a scathing assessment of his team’s display after they slipped to a shock 4-1 defeat at the hands of Cumbernauld Colts on Tuesday.
Ahead of the Lowland League fixture at the C&G Systems Stadium in Dumbarton, there was a 22-point gap between the teams, with the Young Gers second in the table and the visitors way back in 16th.
However, youth international duty ruled a lot of players out for the hosts, with the likes of Leon King, Kyle McClelland, Adam Devine, Cole McKinnon, Charlie Lindsay, Alex Lowry and Ross McCausland all absent from the squad.
As a result, several players were promoted from the U18s to make their B team debuts.
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After Cumbernauld opened the scoring in the eighth minute, there would be a quick response from the Gers, with ex-Man United starlet Charlie McCann delivering an equaliser.
It was all downhill from there, though, with Cumbernauld scoring three times in a ten-minute period to take a 4-1 lead into the interval.
The visitors had a man sent off just four minutes into the second half, but despite McCallum making a pair of changes, the hosts were unable to capitalise and there would be no further goals in the contest as the Young Gers lost for just the third time in the league this season.
“It was just quite simply not good enough,” a visibly frustrated McCallum told RangersTV after the game. “The boys have had a lot of well-deserved pats on the back this season for their performances and results, but tonight was nowhere near the level that the guys have set.”
“There wasn’t enough personality shown. Obviously, we have players away on international duty but that’s no excuse whatsoever.
“We’ve not been good enough in possession, we’ve not threatened the goal and we’ve not reacted to some disappointments throughout the game as a group, so, quite simply, we’re in a situation where we’ve let ourselves down tonight.”
The Young Gers will have a chance to bounce back when they take on Caledonian Braves at the same venue on Saturday, but McCallum will have to get a tune out of the same group to do so, as many of his best players will still be unavailable.
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