Rangers B team were knocked out of the SPFL Trust trophy, following a 5-1 defeat away to Cove Rangers.
Following a disappointing start to the game, the young Gers found themselves two down after just five minutes before responding to half the deficit. However, that was as good as it got for the visitors who conceded a further two goals before half-time.
After the break, Cove were reduced to ten men but they did grab their fifth of the game before the 70 minute mark – that was to be the last meaningful action of the game.
Despite the significant defeat and some ridiculous reactions from a minority on social media, this tournament has been very worthwhile for the young Gers, including the win over Barry Ferguson’s Alloa in the previous round. The purpose of the B team including their involvement in the Lowland League, for the first time, this season is all about player development and aiding the likes of Juan Alegria, Charlie McCann and Leon King to get closer to the Rangers top team by playing against senior and seasoned professionals.
Cove Rangers fielded the likes of Shay Logan, Fraser Fyvie and Iain Vigurs – all with significant Premiership experience – in the game against Rangers B, giving an example of the difference in stature on the pitch.
They now proceed to the semi-final of the tournament along with Kilmarnock, Raith Rovers and Queen of the South or Greenock Morton.