Rangers progressed to the semi-finals of the Little Big Shot Youth Cup after winning 3-2 on penalties against St Johnstone following a tight 90 minutes.
Rangers dominated the majority of possession, but there were chances for St Johnstone. Despite this, neither team could grab a goal in a fiercely contested match at Ibrox. Kyle Lander and Jason Kerr converted their penalties for the Saints whilst Fraser Aird, Tom Walsh and top-scorer Ryan Hardie ensured the current holders booked their place in the semi-finals.
The rain was beating down relentlessly on the Ibrox pitch and it impacted on the game with a lot of free-kicks being conceded for both sides. St Johnstone made a bright start to the match with Connor McLaren whipping a few crosses into the box but Liam Kelly in the Rangers goal comfortably mopped up everything that came his way.
Rangers dealt with the early pressure well and began to impose themselves on the match. Tom Walsh whisked his way past the St Johnstone defence before pulling the trigger from the edge of the box only for his shot to be beaten away by Mark Hurst.
Free-kicks and wasteful balls were to become a recurring them of the match with Ian Durrant looking especially frustrated in the technical area.
Rangers began to dominate the game as half-time approached but couldn’t find a way to break down a resolute St Johnstone defence. With just over 10 minutes until the break, the ball was bouncing around the St Johnstone penalty area like a ping-pong ball. First Junior Ogens shot was repelled before Hardie had two shots blocked.
The Saints goalie was certainly the busier of the two keepers but there was nothing clear-cut in the first half to separate the two sides.