Richard’s Rangers Round Up and Loan Watch (week 7)
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Richard’s Rangers Round Up (week 7)

Rangers Res 6 v Motherwell Res 2:

Substitute Dapo Mebude netted a 2nd half hat-trick in this emphatic 6-2 Rangers Reserves League victory at the Hummel Training Centre on Monday afternoon.

Four of Steven Gerrard’s men started the match with Lee Wallace, Jordan Rossiter, Eros Grezda and Umar Sadiq all featuring and playing well for the first half.

Cameron Palmer and Eros Grezda gave Rangers a well-deserved lead before the visitors drew level with their two goals. Mebude, just on at half-time, grabbed three goals with Andy Dallas adding the other in a commanding display.

Loan report

First team

Jason Holt played for 67 minutes for Fleetwood Town. They were beaten 3-1 by Barnsley and are now down to 11th in League One, five points off the play-offs.

There was also disappointment for Greg Docherty. After the visitors went ahead, the Shrews hit back to lead through Lee Angol and Oliver Norburn, the latter in the 88th minute. Tom Eaves, however, grabbed a late, late equaliser. Shrewsbury are now down to 19th in League One.

Jak Alnwick kept another clean sheet as Scunthorpe held Burton Albion to a 0-0 draw away from home. The result leaves them up to 10th in League One, four points away from the play-offs.

Jason Holt has impressed at Barton’s Fleetwood. (Photo by Plumb Images/Leicester City FC via Getty Images)

Lee Hodson played well in his fifth game for St Mirren but was on the wrong end of a 1-0 reverse to Hibernian. To leave them in 11th place, just a point ahead of bottom club Dundee.

Carlos Pena started against Necaxa and lost 1-0 at home Santos Laguna. He played the full 90 minutes but couldn’t prevent them slipping to 15th in the 18-team Mexican League.

Academy Players

Zak Rudden made it three goals in three Falkirk games with a double in their 2-0 win at Alloa. It was Falkirk’s first win of the season and are still bottom of the Championship with Alloa.

Liam Burt played the full 90 minutes against Falkirk, but couldn’t prevent the 1-0 defeat.

Jamie Barjonas was unused as Bury beat Colchester 2-1 away.

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 came off the bench in the 44th minute in Forfar’s 2-2 draw with Montrose and are now seventh in League One – just a point away from the play-off positions’.

Kyle Bradley played the full 90 minutes as Annan went down 3-1 at home to Peterhead. The result leaves Annan fourth in League Two.

Rangers players picked by Archie Gemmill, Scotland’s U21’s team manager.

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.

Ross McCrorie has been recalled to the Scottish U21s along with brother Robby and Glenn Middleton. (Photo by VI Images via Getty Images)

Rangers 4 Ayr 0:

Rangers thumped Championship side Ayr United at Ibrox to book a Scottish League Cup semi-final place, and back in the side Nikola Katic headed the ‘Gers in front.

Glenn Middleton doubled the lead before half-time, and Alfredo Morelos will be suspended for the Aberdeen semi-final game at Hampden Park after being booked.

Morelos did score Rangers’ third, before Middleton completed the scoring with his brilliant double. The Colombian’s ban means Gerrard loses his two strikers with Kyle Lafferty cup-tied.

The BetFred semi-final draw paired:

Aberdeen v Rangers + Hearts v Celtic both play on Sun. 28th October at Hampden Park

Glenn Middleton scored a double against Ayr and has been superb for Rangers. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Livingston 1 v Rangers 0:

Rangers didn’t show enough of their normally good midfield passing yesterday. Almost from the start Allan McGregor punted the ball up to 6’ 4” Kyle Lafferty and striker Alfredo Morelos.

You could see clearly that it was a tactic that wasn’t working as they plodded through the first half without getting anywhere, and Steven Gerrard should have changed his tactics completely.

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.

Does Steven Gerrard have enough great players for the heavy Rangers scheduled?

Gerrard got it all wrong at Livingston. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

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