Rangers 3-1 Queen of the South Arfield scores two in League Cup win

Robbie Ure made the dream start to his Rangers debut
Robbie Ure made the dream start to his Rangers debut, with an early goal

A debut goal from teenage striker Robbie Ure set Rangers on their way to an ultimately comfortable League Cup second-round victory over Queen of the South at Ibrox.

The 18-year-old found the net after 10 minutes with the aid of a slight deflection before Lee Connelly levelled with a sublime curling shot.

Scott Arfield ran on to a Ridvan Yilmaz pass to restore Rangers’ lead, and the midfielder finished off a slick passing move late in the game to ensure progress to the quarter-finals.

The 86th-minute goal brightened up what had been a scruffy second half as the hosts lost their way after the interval.

Rangers, who last lifted the trophy in the 2010-11 season, made 11 changes from Saturday’s 4-0 win over Ross County, with Ure joined by fellow academy players Leon King and Adam Devine, while Ryan Jack filled in at centre-half.

Ure’s shot clipped a defender to deceive goalkeeper Max Currie after a neat lay-off inside the penalty area from Glen Kamara.

The League 1 side hit back soon after when Connelly intercepted a mis-hit pass-back from Fashion Sakala and lofted a marvellous finish over Allan McGregor from the edge of the penalty area.

Rangers responded with a period of fierce pressure and Arfield timed his run perfectly to ram home a clever cut-back from Rıdvan.

A largely forgettable second 45 minutes ended with a touch of class as the veteran midfielder doubled his tally with a composed side-foot finish.

Rangers manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst: “Our main objective was to go to the next round, and we used this game to give players more minutes.

“In the end, we could give youngsters their first taste of Ibrox. It gives them a goal to train hard in the academy to get more games here. Overall it was a good win against an opponent who did really well.”

Line-ups

Rangers

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 1McGregor
  • 44Devine
  • 8Jack
  • 38King
  • 3Yilmaz
  • 10Davis
  • 17MatondoSubstituted forMcCannat 76′minutes
  • 37Arfield
  • 18KamaraBooked at 48minsSubstituted forStevensat 89′minutes
  • 30SakalaSubstituted forNsioat 88′minutes
  • 69UreSubstituted forLovelaceat 76′minutes

Substitutes

  • 19Sands
  • 23Wright
  • 28McCrorie
  • 29McCann
  • 31Barisic
  • 49Fraser
  • 72Lovelace
  • 79Nsio
  • 91Stevens

Queen of Sth

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Currie
  • 2McKayBooked at 81mins
  • 12McKenna
  • 17HendrieSubstituted forQuitongoat 67′minutes
  • 16East
  • 7PatonBooked at 20mins
  • 8Todd
  • 6CochraneSubstituted forJohnstoneat 77′minutes
  • 15McGrorySubstituted forMcKechnieat 89′minutes
  • 9ReillySubstituted forRuthat 67′minutes
  • 10ConnellySubstituted forMurrayat 76′minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Quitongo
  • 5McKay
  • 11Murray
  • 13Ritchie
  • 18McKechnie
  • 19Ruth
  • 26Muir
  • 27Gibson
  • 28Johnstone

Referee:
David Dickinson

Attendance:
30,569

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