A SPATE of injuries was a major factor behind Rangers being held to a 2-2 draw by Aberdeen at Forthbank last night.

Despite a terrific performance from the development squad, a 2-1 lead was cancelled out late on as the Gers succumbed to no less than four injuries leaving them with 10 men on the field for the last 10 minutes.

Scott Wright opened the scoring in the first half for the Dons, with that goal proving doubly costly with Ross McCrorie stretchered off with a nasty leg gash as he attempted to stop the goal.

Jack Thomson then pulled up with a hamstring strain as half time approached, but before the referee could signal for the interval, Rangers were level through Liam Burt with an excellent first-time finish.

Into the second half, and Zak Rudden handed Graeme Murty’s men a deserved lead from a superb Myles Beerman ball, but there were further blows for Gers as Max Ashmore went off with a calf problem and then Jordan Houston also had to leave the field with a leg injury.

That left Gers with 10 men for the closing stages, and Aberdeen took advantage through Connor McLennan to take a point back to the Granite City.

All four injured players as well as Jamie Barjonas will miss this week’s trip to Portugal, which features a game against Porto under-19s on Friday. The squad has now seen a number of under-17 players called into the squad who will have the opportunity to test themselves against a top European outfit.

Elsewhere, Swedish player Izhaak Ahmed has joined the under-17 side from Angered MBIK subject to international clearance.

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