The Light Blues made the short journey over the Irish Sea for a game which was watched by a crowd of around 8,000 fans despite horrific weather conditions in Belfast.

And the excellent attendance at the exhibition fixture has generated some much-needed income for the Ibrox outfit.

Alejandro Bedoya struck 10 minutes after the interval then 17-year-old Barrie McKay netted the clincher as he made his senior bow.

Chris Hegarty made his first start for the visitors while the likes of Neil Alexander and David Healy were afforded rare inclusions in the first XI.

The first half was one which Gers dominated but they couldn’t make a breakthrough despite creating a string of opportunities.

Sone Aluko set a tone for the opening period as his shot two minutes in was deflected wide and Bedoya was denied by home goalie Stuart Addis.

Lee Wallace also rolled across the face of goal and wide then Steven Whittaker forced a good stop from the keeper with a fierce drive.

The hosts’ chances were less numerous but arguably more clear cut, with captain twice Jamie Mulgrew shooting over and Brian McCaul sending a scissor kick just off target.

Lee McCulloch nearly made them pay for missing with a rasping shot from 20 yards which Addis failed to hold and it looked to be squirming over the line.

Healy made sure as he ran in to poke home but he did so having started in an offside position and the goal wasn’t allowed to stand.

Ally McCoist’s men continued to probe with Wallace heading on to the top of the net and Whittaker volleying over the upright.

Linfield had a go when they could too and Gary Browne came as close as anyone before the midway point when he clattered the post from the edge of the area.

The Irish Premiership champions should really have gone in front three minutes after the teams re-emerged but Daryl Fordyce somehow slid past when it seemed easier to score.

And Bedoya showed him how it was done when he broke the deadlock with a delightful clipped finish after McCulloch played him through.

Kirk Broadfoot nodded a yard too high while Healy forced a good stop from substitute keeper Ross Glendinning as Gers pushed for a second.

McCoist took the opportunity to hand McKay a debut with his team looking to double its lead.

And he made it 2-0 with a glorious finish with the outside of his boot from just inside the box which was really well executed.

The youngster very nearly added a third late on but Glendinning denied him his second on a day he’ll always remember nevertheless.

RANGERS: Alexander; Perry, Hegarty, Broadfoot; Whittaker, Bedoya (Crawford 77), Edu (McKay 66), McCulloch (McCabe 77), Wallace; Aluko (Mitchell 66), Healy (Little 66).

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