Rangers U18s were downed by rival Premiership club Kilmarnock on Friday afternoon as they slipped to a second defeat in four days [Rangers Youth Academy Twitter].

It’s been a difficult season for all involved with the Academy due to the pandemic.

Graeme Murty (Head of Elite Development) and the rest of the Rangers Academy staff have had very limited contact time with players this season. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The U18 side were finally able to kick off their delayed CAS League campaign last month, though, and they started with a superb run of results.

The young Gers defeated Kilmarnock, Dundee United, Hearts, Aberdeen and Hibernian, while a junior Old Firm clash finished 3-3.

However, that excellent form has deserted the group this week.

On Tuesday evening, they lost 3-2 at St Mirren despite holding a 1-0 lead at the interval and on Friday afternoon, they were beaten 3-1 by Killie.

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Tony Weston was a noticeable absentee from the matchday squad, but key attackers Charlie Lindsay and Ross McCausland both started, while Cole McKinnon was named in midfield following his recent return from a loan stint in SFPL League One with East Fife.

Cole McKinnon featured for Rangers U18s as they were downed by rival Premiership club Kilmarnock. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

Promising striker Robbie Ure netted in the first period, with the scores locked at 1-1 at the break.

However, things went wrong in the second half, just as they did on Tuesday, and the home side eventually emerged with a comfortable victory.

It’s a second disappointing result of the week and the coaching team of Cameron Campbell and David McCallum have some work to do to get the young Gers back firing.

In other news, Rangers are reportedly eyeing a multi-million-pound swoop for a club POTY with a ‘huge amount of personality.’

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