Richard’s Rangers Round Up returns for week eight of the season.
Rangers U19’s 5 v Hamburg 0: On Tuesday 2 October
Following this sensational result in Germany, Peter Lovenkrands couldn’t praise the Rangers youngsters enough, and thought that all of the players could be proud of the display they produced.
The ‘Gers boys showed exactly why the future is bright at Ibrox with this stunning performance. An Andrew Dallas hat-trick got him MOTM from the coach, with Cammy Palmer and Serge Atakayi the other scorers.
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Jason Holt came on in the 10th minute to replace James Husband in Fleetwood’s impressive 4-0 away win to Doncaster. They are now 10th in the League One table on 17 points.
Greg Docherty was an unused substitute for Shrewsbury as they defeated Accrington Stanley 1-0 at home. The Shrews are up to 16th In League One with 12 points.
Jak Alnwick’s Scunthorpe lost for the first time under ex-Rangers legend Stuart McCall as they went down 3-2 at Luton. This result leaves them 12th in League One on 17 points.
Lee Hodson played well in his sixth game in a row for St Mirren but was on the wrong end of a 4-1 defeat at Aberdeen. This leaves them just ahead of bottom club Dundee. Lee played another 90 minutes for St Mirren as they went down 4-1 at Aberdeen. The Dons raced into a 3-0 lead before half-time and made it 4-0 on 65 minutes before Saints pulled one back through Simeon Jackson 11 minute later. Saints are 11th in the Scottish Premiership on four points.
Carlos Pena was an unused substitute in Necaxa’s 0-0 draw away to Veracruz on Saturday, and they remain in 15th place in the 18-team Mexican League.
Zak Rudden couldn’t continue his good run of form for Falkirk against Dunfermline as they went down 2-0. The result leaves them bottom of the Championship, a point behind Alloa.
Liam Burt played 66 minutes of Alloa’s dramatic 3-3 draw away to Queen of the South. The Wasps raced into a 3-0 lead inside 25 minutes but Queens pulled it back to level terms thanks to a Stephen Dobbie hat-trick – putting him on 24 goals for the season.
Jamie Barjonas came on in the 82nd minute of Bury’s 2-2 home draw with Mansfield Town, when trailing 2-1, and helped them gain a point. Bury are now in 11th place in League Two.
Kieran Wright was injured and didn’t feature in Raith Rovers 5-1 away win at Dumbarton and still sit second in League One.
Aidan Wilson played another 90 minutes for Forfar, but they went down 4-0 at home to East Fife. Forfar are eighth in League One.
Kyle Bradley got another 90 minutes under his belt as Annan defeated Albion Rovers 3-1 at home. Annan are now sitting fourth in League One.
Rangers players picked by Archie Gemmill for Scotland’s U21’s team.
18-year-old Glenn Middleton, 20-year-old Ross McCrorie and his goalkeeping twin brother Robby McCrorie have been named in the Scotland Under-21 squad for the double header against Ukraine and England next month.
The McCrorie twins and Middleton, who have managed to break through to the first team at Ibrox this term under Steven Gerrard, have been rewarded with their inclusion. Robbie is a member of the first team squad but hasn’t played for Rangers yet.
Rangers 3 Rapid Vienna 1:
I can never guess Gerrard’s team as I would have picked Nikola Katic ahead of Joe Worrall and Borna Barisic instead of Jon Flanagan.
I would have dropped Ovie Ejaria and played two up front with Kyle Lafferty and Alfredo Morelos and I would have chosen Glenn Middleton over Daniel Candeias, but that’s what the boss gets paid to do.
It was a terrific all-round performance and Ejaria and Flanagan played well. Morelos scored two good goals and won the penalty that James Tavernier scored with. Rapid’s goal was offside!
Starting XI: Allan McGregor: James Tavernier, Connor Goldson, Joe Worrall, Jon Flanagan: Scott Arfield, Lassana Coulibaly, Ovie Ejaria: Daniel Candeias, Alfredo Morelos, Ryan Kent:
Substitutes – Wes Foderingham, Andy Halliday, Nikola Katic, Borna Barisic, Eros Grezda, Kyle Lafferty, Glenn Middleton.
The BetFred semi-final games were moved on police advice:
Aberdeen v Rangers – Sun. 28th October at Hampden Park with a 4.30pm kick off
Hearts v Celtic – Sun. 28th October at BT Murrayfield with a 1.30pm kick off
Rangers 3 v Hearts 1:
Rangers moved to a lowly 6th place after their marvellous emphatic win over top of the league Hearts. Unfortunately for us, Celtic, Aberdeen and Hibernian continued to win as well.
Hearts were blown away by another super Rangers performance and again Morelos was very good and scored a magnificent and important 2nd goal. Ryan Kent was my MOTM, but the rest were also very good.
It is only a matter of time until we reach the summit –I hope. We must start winning away from home, if we have any chance of the title this season.
Defeat at Livingston left Rangers without an away league victory under Gerrard. Aberdeen 1 Rangers 1, Motherwell 3 Rangers 3, Celtic 1 Rangers 0 and Livingston 1 Rangers 0.
Starting X1, McGregor: Tavernier, Goldson, Worrall, Flanagan: Arfield, Coulibaly, Ejaria: Candeias, Morelos, Kent.
Subs: Foderingham, Jack, Halliday, Ross McCrorie, Katic, Lafferty, Middleton
Only time will tell if Steven Gerrard has enough great players in his squad, for the extremely heavy Rangers programme of Europa, League, BetFred and Scottish Cup games this season.