Three Rangers loanees all turned out for Queen of the South in the Championship on Saturday afternoon in a damaging 2-1 defeat at Alloa Athletic.

Promising young left-back James Maxwell joined QoS on loan at the start of the season, while both Rhys Breen and Dapo Mebude completed moves during the January transfer window.

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Rhys Breen is one of three Rangers loanees who were involved in a Queen of the South defeat on Saturday. (Photo by Euan Cherry/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Centre-back Breen made the step up from League One side Partick Thistle, while striker Mebude left the Gers B team squad for Palmerston Park.

Allan Johnston named both Maxwell and Breen in his starting XI on Saturday afternoon as they made their 18th and second appearances respectively.

Mebude began on the bench at Indodrill, although he still received plenty of playing time, replacing the injured Connor Shields in just the 39th minute.

The Gers loanees were unable to inspire the visitors to victory, though, in what was something of an early relegation six-pointer.

QoS took the lead in just the eighth minute through Isaiah Jones, but Andy Graham equalised for Alloa in the 23rd minute before Kevin Cawley completed the turnaround just after the hour mark.

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James Maxwell has impressed with QoS this season. (Photo by Mark Scates/SNS Group via Getty Images)

The victory was only Alloa’s third of the season as second-bottom QoS missed a golden opportunity to pull well clear of the foot of the table.

Now, only three points separate them and Alloa (11), although Arbroath and Inverness Caley Thistle are all also currently on 14.

Meanwhile, a 20-year-old Scotland youth international has been spotted in Rangers first-team training amid uncertainty regarding his loan spell.

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