Rangers loanee Rhys Breen was dropped to the Orange County SC bench for their 3-1 win over Las Vegas Lights at the weekend, while fellow loanee Jack Thomson missed out on the matchday squad.
The Ibrox duo headed to the United States to join the Gers’ partner club last month following the completion of separate SPFL loan stints.
Both players are aged 21 and therefore, it’s important that they make an impression if they are to have a future with the Gers.
Breen started extremely well and was labelled a ‘beast’ by the USL Championship side’s Twitter account after helping to keep a clean sheet on debut against Sacramento Republic.
He has made a total of five appearances to date but was substituted at half time in a win over Oakland Roots last weekend before being an unused substitute for Sunday’s victory in Vegas.
The centre-back is still faring better than Thomson so far, though, as the midfielder is yet to make it onto the pitch for his adopted side.
He’s made the bench for two fixtures, suggesting he’s not struggling with an injury, but he was omitted from the squad for this game with no explanation provided for his absence.
OCSC have certainly started their 2021 campaign strongly, though, as they are second in the Western Conference behind Phoenix Rising, on 13 points from seven matches.
Former Rangers defender Rob Kiernan has been a key part of their early-season success, scooping the Man of the Match award last weekend before scoring a header against the Lights.
BIG ROB WITH THE BIG HEADER
— Orange County SC (@orangecountysc) June 20, 2021
The second-tier US side are faring much better than one of the Gers’ other club partners, who failed to achieve their goal once again last season.