Glasgow Rangers reserves played against Stirling Albion in a pre-season friendly at the Ibrox outfit’s training centre – with a number of unexpected names in the starting XI.
It was a young XI accompanied by three senior Gers players, who had scouts and agents from Scotland and England taking in the game.
Reserve Team in 4-3-3 formation:
Nicky Hogarth: Jordan Houston, James Maxwell, Danny Finlayson, Ben Williamson: Cammy Palmer, Graham Dorrans, Jamie Murphy: Serge Atakayi, Joe Dodoo, Dapo Mebude.
Because they are no longer in the first team, Dorrans and Dodoo played for the reserve side against Stirling Albion, with Steven Gerrard seemingly set to try and move them on.
Gerrard had intimated giving Jamie Murphy a chance to recover properly from his cruciate knee injury, which cost him almost all of last season. This was a clever move to play him.
A Murphy short corner played to Atakayi, immediately set up the 17-year-old Mebude to strike a well taken finish to go 1-0 up.
Dapo Mebude added a second when Murphy was involved again by picking him out for his second and winning goal of the game.
Paul Willis managed to pull a late goal back for Stirling Albion, but Rangers were worth their 2-1 win in a good workout for everybody involved.
Dorrans and Glenn Middleton were two of a number of players left in Glasgow during the eight day training Algarve trip, plus the 2-0 Mansfield friendly.
It’s believed that Dorrans’ agent is currently looking for a new club for his client.
Middleton is a prodigious talent but he could end up out on loan for 2019-20.