Rangers B win five-goal thriller, first-teamer plays and striker nets hat-trick
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Rangers B win five-goal thriller, first-teamer plays and striker nets hat-trick

Rangers B defeated Alloa Athletic in a five-goal thriller at Recreation Park on Wednesday night to progress to the next round of the SPFL Trust Trophy.

Although the likes of Kyle McClelland and Leon King were missing at the back, David McCallum was still able to name a strong-looking XI to face Barry Ferguson’s Wasps.

Rangers B triumphed over Barry Ferguson’s Alloa in a five-goal thriller. (Photo by Tony Marshall/Getty Images)

Stephen Kelly, who has lacked playing time recently, dropped down from the first team to play in midfield alongside Charlie McCann, while in-form forwards Ross McCausland and Juan Alegria both received starts.

Alegria was to be the hero on the night, with the Colombian youth cap stealing the show with a hat-trick.

Alloa opened the scoring through Partick Thistle loanee Mouhamed Niang in just the seventh minute, but rather than roll over against an experienced opponent, the Young Gers fought back.

Alegria brought the visitors level in the 29th minute with a header from an outswinging delivery from the left and the 19-year-old put his team 2-1 up just four minutes later by tucking away a drilled cross from Adam Devine.

SPFL veteran Alan Trouten made it 2-2 around five minutes before the interval, but Alegria wasn’t finished and he completed his hat-trick with a well-taken winner shortly after the hour mark.

It’s an impressive result for Rangers B against League One opposition and they now progress to the quarter-finals.

McCallum’s side will travel to ambitious third-tier outfit Cove Rangers late next month to compete for a spot in the final four.

In other news, a Rangers fan favourite is now finally getting what he needs after a recent breakthrough moment in his loan spell.

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