ANDY DALLAS believes Rangers were unfortunate to suffer defeat to Hearts in the capital as Graeme Murty’s Reserves were defeated 2-1.
Harris O’Connor headed into his own net to give the Jambos the lead in the first half but Rangers, who included ten under-18 players in the squad, battled back to control the game in the second half and equalise through Dallas himself.
Fresh from a double against Austrian side Rapid Vienna away from home in a 4-2 victory, striker Dallas put in another strong performance leading the attack but his equaliser was followed by an unlikely Hearts winner just nine minutes from time.
“It was a game of not many chances,” Dallas said. “I think we might have been a bit unfortunate. I felt like we were the better team over the piece. In the first half we didn’t get playing the way we know we can, I don’t know if it was down to personnel changes or just on the day.
“To be fair to Hearts they set up to defend against us and then they took their chances when they came which were few and far between. So I think the boys were unlucky today.
“Obviously we had a mix today with Katic and Rossiter coming in, which is great to have them come in with us. But there was also a couple of younger ones, 16 and 17-year-olds as well. So I think we can hold our heads up high because there was a good couple of first team players for Hearts so I think we done ourselves proud. We were just unlucky in the end.”
The frontman was rewarded for his sensational goalscoring exploits this season by earning a place on Steven Gerrard’s bench for yesterday’s 1-0 win over Hamilton at Ibrox, but the modest Dallas reckons it’s the service being provided to him from his team-mates that is mainly what got him there.
He said: “I think the key has been definitely the service. Obviously you can’t do it all on yourself and quite a lot of my goals have been one-touch finishes so it’s been the service. I’m playing with good players around me, Josh McPake has been key, Stephen Kelly has set up a good couple as well so I’m just enjoying scoring goals.
“It was a great experience getting on the bench. I was nervous sitting on the bench and I was hoping for the best when the goal went in after three minutes. My eyes lit up. You just have to take these experiences because money can’t buy that. So I’ve been working hard and it’s good to see the coaches and obviously the gaffer have trusted me enough to put me on the bench.
“Hopefully my goals can lead to more involvement in the first team. I get most of the credit because I’m scoring the goals but all the guys are working hard and whenever the gaffer is watching everyone is just wanting to impress so everyone is working hard. If that’s where it leads me then hopefully it happens, I’m just going to keep playing with the Reserves and hopefully keep banging them in and wherever it leads me then time will tell.”