TEN-MAN Rangers netted a stunning last minute winner to defeat Hibernian in the SPFL Development League yesterday.
Featuring first-team stars Danny Wilson, Harry Forrester and Joe Dodoo, the otherwise young Gers side overcame Dodoo missing an early penalty with the Ghanaian putting the Light Blues ahead from a David Bates knock-down following a corner kick.
Gers had opportunities to extend their lead, but with 25 minutes left on the clock, Billy Gilmour was red carded for a strong challenge on Scott Martin and then with two minutes of normal time remaining, Oli Shaw looked to have rescued a point for the Leith club despite a good save from Robby McCrorie leading up to the goal.
But, with the game into injury time, up stepped Myles Beerman with a wonder-goal to bring the three points back along the M8. Picking up on halfway, he evaded four Hibs defenders before lashing the ball into the top corner from just inside the penalty area.
It was a highly pleasing afternoon for coach Graeme Murty who explained: “The mentality from the boys was the key once we went down to 10. I have to say, the first-team players were excellent in their attitude and the way that they took care of the younger players.
“The way the younger players embraced the challenge and above what they have done previously and pulled together as a squad, I think is indicative of their development this year and their growth together as a team.
“At no stage was there an ounce of defeat in their body language or the way they conducted themselves, and if anything, going down to 10 men galvanised them a little bit and actually drew them together.
“We have obviously spoken to young Billy about the sending off, we have shown him it again and we have touched on his mindset and what he was feeling when he did it. He was understandably a little bit upset, but he was incredibly grateful to his teammates for getting the win and I think that for the squad, and the mentality and mood of the group, could be a really, really key part of them understanding it takes people coming together and working together if we are ever going to get anything right in this team environment.”