Rangers loanee Rhys Breen scored his first senior goal as Queen of the South defeated Dundee 3-2 on Saturday afternoon but Dapo Mebude missed out after breaching Covid regulations.
Three young Gers are currently out on loan at Palmerston Park, and left-back James Maxwell featured alongside Breen, making his 21st appearance of the season.
Ayo Obileye’s penalty put QoS in front in just the second minute at Dens Park and Breen headed in a second from a Euan East corner eight minutes prior to the interval.
The Dee showed a reaction early in the second half with former Gers loanee Jason Cummings scoring his first goal for the club, but a superb 77th-minute Willie Gibson strike restored the visitors’ two-goal advantage.
Jordan Marshall grabbed a late second for Dundee but QoS were able to hold on for the win and have jumped to fourth in the Championship table.
Both Breen and Maxwell will be delighted with the win, but it was a big day for the former in particular, who is hoping to do enough during this loan spell to earn a new contract at Ibrox.
The young centre-back spent the first half of the season on loan at Partick Thistle but struggled with injury and didn’t manage to cement a spot in Ian McCall’s side.
He’s made a really strong start to life under Allan Johnston after moving to Palmerston Park in January, though.
The 21-year-old has now played five consecutive 90 minutes, with QoS taking ten points from a possible 15 across those games.
Great win today,what a feeling to get my first professional goal. Onto the next game. Happy Saturday troops🙌🏼🙌🏼 pic.twitter.com/7cfGVjheFd
— Rhys Breen (@breen_rhys) February 20, 2021
Mebude’s future is uncertain, though, after he was one of five Rangers players who breached Covid regulations last weekend.
The teenage striker had made his first QoS start in a 1-1 draw with Hearts last Friday evening but is currently isolating and Johnston admitted during the week that he was unsure whether or not the Gers loanee would play for him again this season [Daily Record].
Breen wasn’t the only Rangers loanee to impress on Saturday, with another earning rave reviews from fans of an EFL club, many of whom already want him to sign a permanent contract.