If there’s one thing we’ve barely touched upon here at Ibrox Noise, it’s the B Team and the Lowland League.
Rangers have had their Colt side in the amateur division alongside Celtic’s counterparts for this maiden season at that level, and we have to say there’s been a real lack of press about it, especially in light of how impressive Rangers have actually been.
As Rangers host Ayr at Dumbarton, in the Challenge Cup, they do so with some real hope against a significant senior side, especially having beaten Dumbarton themselves in the previous round.
Ayr will be tough, no question, but the reading for Rangers B manager David McCallum is pretty pleasing.
Rangers have won every single match they’ve played bar one, a surprise loss to the Civil Service Strollers (currently sitting in third), but have otherwise been completely imperious.
Rangers B sit proudly second top of the table but with two matches in hand over leaders Bonnyrigg Rose, while Celtic, just like their seniors, sit well adrift in midtable with an ok 6th place.
But it’s Rangers B’s progress we’re so impressed with, and stars of the future like Jay Hogarth, Tony Weston and of course Leon King are all in there learning their trade against adults at a very decent level.
Ayr will represent the biggest challenge yet though, a solid 7th in the Championship this season should prove a really excellent test for McCallum’s side, and that match is tonight.
Will the B side progress? We shall see. But a lot of senior stars have turned out at that level in the past while with the likes of Katic and Barker seen getting the minutes for the Lowland League outfit.
We’ll see also if this experiment lasts beyond this single season, time will tell if Rangers will want their kids to remain in this pyramid of football but they’re certainly bringing the fans.
Good luck tonight lads.