A MIX of Development Squad and first-team fringe players were defeated by Brentford B at the Rangers Training Centre this afternoon.
Scoring three without reply in the first-half, the Bees were good value for their win as they rounded-off a mini-tour of Scotland with victory against the Light Blues.
It took them just four minutes to take the lead, with Marcus Forss capitalising on a mix-up at the back before rounding Jak Alnwick and finishing with composure.
And while there may have been an element of luck over their first goal, there was no such fortune with their second.
Graeme Dorrans was penalised for a foul right on the edge of the box, although it looked to be too close to goal for Brentford to get a decent effort away.
However, they defied logic with an incredible free-kick routine. Zain Westbrooke chipped the ball up for Reece Cole, and he walloped a wonderful volley over the wall and into the back of the net, leaving Alnwick clutching at fresh air.
It was a stunning goal, and they were then afforded the chance to make it three just over eight minutes before the interval.
Bradley Clayton went down under a challenge from Lee Wallace inside the area, with the referee immediately pointing to the spot. Clayton dusted himself down and sent Alnwick the wrong way to hand the visitors a stunning lead.
The second half was more ven, although chances for both sides were at a premium, the best of which saw keeper Ellery Balcombe making a decent stop from Serge Atakayi.
Afterwards, coach Billy Kirkwood said: “The main objective today was to get the five first-team lads some game-time, so we ticked the box for that.
“I think we have to appreciate some of these lads have been out for a long, long time. Graeme Dorrans, for example, is coming back from a major operation and that is his first 45 minutes.
“So you need to factor all these things in. I thought in the first half, taking all things into consideration, I thought we were poor against a good Brentford team who pressed us very well.
“That’s the reason we take these games, and our lads when they look back on it will learn so much from that game.
“I think the style of play overall was very bitty in terms of how we pressed and how we kept possession of the ball.
“But when you throw a team together, you are likely to get that sort of performance. I thought the second half was much better and we made a better game of it.
“We created a few chances and their goalie has made an excellent save. It was essestial for the first-team lads to get some gametime and also a learning process for our lads as well.”
Meanwhile, captain Lee Wallace added: “It was positive in the sense that I managed to bank 90 minutes, other than that, there aren’t many positives.
“The second half was a slightly better reaction and we got a bit closer to a very well-structured and well-drilled Brentfors side, but moving forward, there is a lot of learning to be done from that first half.
“Each and every one of us fell short of the standards required here. I have to still creit the younger players as it is harder when you throw a couple of our lads in.
“Yes, it is a positive in that there is experience there, but I think with myself and Graeme who are coming in to get the first parts of our gametime, it can sometimes be a disruption on things.”