IAN DURRANT was left thrilled with the manner of his side’s 4-1 victory over Queens Park in the Scottish Youth Cup tonight.
Using a number of players from the Rangers under-17s side, the young Gers scored some terrific goals and played some excellent football in what ended as a very comfortable triumph.
Speaking after the game to RangersTV.tv, coach Durrant said: “I thought there was a lot of good stuff, and we scored some excellent goals. In the end, it could have been more than 4-1. Fair-dos to Queens Park for that – they put on a good show in the second half and made it difficult for us.
“When you look at some of the substitutions, we’ve had to use some boys from Billy Kirkwood’s under-17s, and I thought they were excellent, and it shows just what a great squad he has and they did well making the step-up to the 20s.”
“As I said, the goals we scored were excellent, and I was delighted for Jamie Barjonas coming on at the end there and he showed a great head on top of his young shoulders.
We took a conscious gamble tonight to try and get some of the under-17s in who have been doing well, and it worked, and I’m delighted they got their reward.”
Queens Park, despite their status as a lower division side, have long been lauded for their terrific youth set-up, and they proved to be a tough nut to crack for Durrant’s side at times, although he was left a little frustrated to concede to the Spiders as well as not have run up a greater scoreline.
He added: “It’s always disappointing to concede a goal, but they had a 10 minute spell towards the end where they pushed us, and the deflection beat Big Robby – and he’s not too happy in the dressing room, but over the piece we could have put it to bed a lot earlier with the chances we had, and when you pushing on looking for goals, you always might leave yourself open.
“We never underestimated Queens at all – we now the level of player they’ve got, although in terms of fitness levels, we were a lot stronger than them.”