A Rangers B team full of up-and-coming youngsters and fringe members of the first-team squad has crashed to a 4-1 defeat at the hands of Dundee United.
The likes of senior stars Greg Stewart, Greg Docherty, Jordan Jones and Ross McCrorie joined Nathan Patterson, Lewis Mayo, Calvin Bassey, Josh McPake and surprise inclusion Kai Kennedy in a Rangers XI for the match at the Rangers training centre.
Andy Firth was between the sticks, whilst Glenn Middleton was also handed an opportunity.
But it was one which this young Rangers side could not grab as they fell to a heavy defeat at the hands of an established Dundee United side.
The Arabs were full-strength for the trip to Glasgow and ran out comfortable winners despite Rangers being on top for much of the game [Rangers].
Former Gers striker Nicky Clark gave Dundee United an early lead from the penalty spot after a Middleton handball before Josh McPake equalised minutes later.
Callum Butcher had Dundee United back in front not long after the restart before bluenose striker Lawrence Shankland made it 3-1.
Dillon Powers then rounded off the scoring in the 80th minute but this was by-and-large considered a strong run-out for the club’s fringe players and academy youngsters.
Teenagers Leon King, Ciaran Dickson, Charlie Lindsay, Nathan Young-Coombes and Dapo Mebude, whilst 20-year-old goalkeeper Kieran Wright also got half an hour.
There’s been a mixed reaction on Twitter to the result, with some Rangers fans thinking the match was a good run out:
Always disappointing to lose but good to get youngsters involved in mens football. Strongish side we had out for a B team
— Andrew Wood (@Andwoo74) July 22, 2020
The young lads will learn alot with that run out. Even in a bounce game, these younger players will realise the step up from colt level to playing at the top
— Slove 🎯 (@Slove1986) July 22, 2020
Great to see so many youngsters getting the chance despite the scoreline at the time. Score means nothing.
— G (at 🏡) (@MrGaryValentine) July 22, 2020
Good test for them
— KYLE🦋 (@hxlidaywrld) July 22, 2020
Rangers will have learned more about players today than any other game lately and i hope Dundee UTD will ask for some on loan.
Great work out.
— peter kelman (@aberlourbear) July 22, 2020
Others felt the result did not shine well on Rangers or on some of the players involved:
Terrible result considering some of the players in that team.
— ross b (@rossb1873) July 22, 2020
First team players god help our squad rotation
— C🇬🇧 (@VVV_5572) July 22, 2020
You can see we lack strength in depth
— TheGloriousBlueGuru (@GarM44505994) July 22, 2020
— S mcgiver (@FGAU2218) July 22, 2020
Me: it’s a bounce game with the reserves and the kids.
Also me: pic.twitter.com/oHimvDtzqc
— Heart & Hand Podcast (@ibroxrocks) July 22, 2020
The end of some Rangers careers right there perhaps
— Wilson (@VolleyBaws) July 22, 2020
Fringe players not making a good case for their inclusion in the first time.
— Alan M. (@Bluemaxx_uk) July 22, 2020
Whilst some are in stitches at all the Dundee United fans acting like it’s a victory against a full-strength Rangers team:
Not 1 rangers player that is playing against dundee united today is a starter. Its a complete B team. And the dundee united fans are getting all excited 😂😂
— Robert – w.a.t.p (@rangerslad1983) July 22, 2020
i’m greetin at aw the dundee united fans on this 😂😭😂
— Ryan 🇬🇧 (@Ryane1872) July 22, 2020
Dear God what a sad little life Dundee United
— Adam. 🤙 (@AdamGlover1872) July 22, 2020
Are Dundee United actually taking that as a victory? Lol Diddy club
— Colin (@BofHighlander) July 22, 2020