Rangers loan duo Kieran Wright and Rhys Breen impressed for Partick Thistle on Friday in a 2-0 friendly defeat to Hearts at Firhill.

The two talented youngsters joined the Jags on season-long loan deals in August [ptfc.co.uk] as they look to test themselves in the SPFL.

Wright started in goal and Breen in the heart of defence for the pre-season clash against a strong Hearts side, whose starting XI included experienced performers like Steven Naismith, Andy Halliday and Craig Gordon.

Scotland youth international, Wright, was called into action on several occasions in the opening 20 minutes, pulling off saves from Craig Wighton and Naismith when the Jambos attackers looked favourites to score.

Rangers loanee Kieran Wright impressed for Partick Thistle against Hearts. (Photo by Juergen Schwarz/Bongarts/Getty Images)

The 20-year-old was vocal throughout the game and kicked well, aside from one lapse in concentration which presented another chance to former Gers forward, Naismith.


He was beaten twice in the second half by excellent strikes from Jamie Walker and Andrew Irving, but showed good handling skills and pulled off another strong stop with his feet to keep the scoreline respectable.

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While the Jambos did create plenty of chances across the 90 minutes, Breen also handled himself relatively well against Wighton and Northern Ireland international Liam Boyce, who featured as a substitute.

The young-centre back was unfortunate to be denied a goal due to a late and dubious offside call by the assistant referee after he’d arrived at the back post to head home a corner in the 30th minute.

Experienced defender, Tam O’Ware, was forced off with an injury early in the game, so Breen may well be in contention to start for Thistle in their opening League Cup fixture against St Mirren on Wednesday night.

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