Rangers U18s were defeated 2-0 by Celtic at the Rangers Training Centre in a CAS League fixture on Friday.
It’s been a largely positive season for this age group side, as they have defeated Dundee United, Kilmarnock, Hibernian, Hearts and Aberdeen all at least once since their delayed campaign got underway last month.
Yet, their form has dropped off somewhat recently as although they hammered Hibernian 4-0 on Tuesday, they lost to both Killie and St Mirren the previous week.
On Friday afternoon, a third defeat in four matches was delivered by arch rivals Celtic on home turf.
Leon King rejoined the group recently following an extended stint with the first team, during which he made his Premiership debut, and he was named in defence for the junior Old Firm [Rangers Youth Academy].
There was quality elsewhere in the team, too, with Cole McKinnon – who recently returned from a loan stint at East Fife – starting in midfield, while exciting attacking players Charlie Lindsay, Robbie Ure and Ross McCausland all got the nod.
Highly-rated striker Tony Weston, who Rangers signed from Blackpool last summer, could only make the bench.
However, despite all that firepower in the squad, the young Gers drew a blank and were downed 2-0, with both Hoops goals coming in the first half.
It’s a disappointing result for the group and the coaching team of Cameron Campbell and David McCallum, and there’s clearly work to be done ahead of a fixture against a talented St Mirren side next week.