The Rangers Development squad defeated Motherwell 3-1 on Sunday afternoon at the Hummel Training Centre.

A youthful team was named for the first Development fixture of 2020, and the Gers shot out of the blocks.

It took just 18 minutes for the hosts to open the scoring, with 18-year-old Josh McPake grabbing the goal.

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The talented attacker spent the first half of the season on loan with Dundee. However, while there has been no official announcement, he appears to have returned to Ibrox, having struggled for game time at the Championship club.

After a barren loan stint, he’ll have been delighted to get on the scoresheet, tucking away a finish after a one-two with Ben Williamson.


Less than five minutes later, it was 2-0 to the Gers, with another returning loanee getting in on the act. Glenn Middleton, who officially returned to the club in December after a disappointing spell with Hibs [], doubled the advantage from the penalty spot, following a foul on Nathan Young-Coombes.


Middleton saw himself frozen out of the Hibs first team after the arrival of Jack Ross. (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

The lead was stretched even further in the 35th minute, when Jamie Barjonas, the only other player in the starting XI with first-team experience, scored with a strong shot from the edge of the box.

With the game already won by the interval, the Gers took the foot off the pedal in the second half, with the coaching staff making a host of substitutions as the game wore on.

In the closing stages, McIvor netted a consolation goal for Motherwell to deny the hosts a clean sheet.

The result itself was never in doubt, though and it’s a positive start to 2020 for the Development squad.

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