DANIEL FINLAYSON says that the Gers didn’t take their chances and could have been better after they drew with Dunfermline Athletic today.
Dunfermline’s Callum Smith broke the deadlock at New Central Part in Kelty after half an hour with a well-taken penalty but their lead lasted just four minutes as Joao Balde fired Rangers back level after good work from Dapo Mebude set him up.
Graeme Murty’s side pressed for the winner in the second half and looked the more likely side to go and win the SPFL Reserve League clash, but the goal never arrived despite opportunities falling Mebude and Liam Burt’s way.
And defender Finlayson, beginning the match away to the Pars at right-back before being moved into right centre-half after 45 minutes, revealed the team were disappointed at not being able to take advantage of their superiority in the second half to take all three points.
“It’s disappointing for the boys,” Finlayson said. “We felt we did enough to win the game. We never took our chances and we should’ve been better today. That’s what we were saying after the game there [that Rangers looked the team likely to win it].
“We had our chances and didn’t take them. That’s what we need to do at places like this, you need to come and punish your opponent but that’s something we didn’t do.
“I think it was a chance for the young lads to come in and try to prove themselves and take their chance and I think a lot of them did. It was just one of those games that we need to look back on. We could’ve done better. It’s just one of those games that we go back to the training ground and make sure if we come back again that we do much better.”
Finlayson has been a mainstay in the Reserves’ defence in recent months having made the step up from the Under-17 side, where he captained the young Gers to a fantastic 3-0 win over Celtic in the Glasgow Cup last April.
Now, the versatile defender is gaining invaluable experience in the Reserves, playing with and against a blend of first-team individuals and fellow talented youngsters in the Reserve League. Finlayson is always striving to improve himself on and off the field.
He is hoping he can impress Steven Gerrard and co to experience the first team in the near future like many of his team-mates have and will do his chances no harm at all with performances like he has been putting in of late.
The 18-year-old said: “I’m really enjoying it. I’ve played a lot of minutes recently and it’s what I want. I want to play.
“Unfortunately we never won the game but the results we’ve had, we’re on a good run and we just need to keep it going because we are at the top of the league and that’s what we need to do, we need to stay at the top.
“I want to get round there [the first team] as often as I can and show the manager and the coaching staff what I can do. The main thing is taking my chance and keep playing well.”