Rangers (Scotland) (a) Friendly - Allan McGregor Testimonial
United built an attack from the left flank midway into the opposition half;
Matt Targett's forward pass seeing Elliot Anderson link up in an extended
one two with new boy Sandro Tonale.
Rangers 0 Newcastle
87 mins United attacked down their left flank and Dan Burn clipped a promising pass from inside his own half into the channel where Alexander Isak had ventured. The Swedish substitute took two defenders with him as he made for the byline, clipping in a centre that Harrison Ashby reached, his looping header leaving Butland helpless as it dropped into the far side of the goal. 2-1
"We've still got a lot of growth and improvement in the team but there was some really good signs in the first half."
On Sandro Tonali:
On Lewis Miley:
On Martin Dubravka:
“We have real set targets and we’ve
managed to get some done. I am really pleased with the work we have done. We
will see some outs in the coming days as well. We are ahead of schedule.”.
30 years after their last victory at Ibrox, Newcastle returned
to Govan to repeat the 2-1 scoreline from 1993's Ally McCoist testimonial on
Fielding a stronger side than that which had beaten Gateshead
on Saturday, a late header from substitute Harrison Ashby made it two wins in
a row after an early opener from Miggy Almiron was cancelled out in a rare
attacking move from the hosts.
United opened the scoring in the 16th minute when Elliot Anderson and Tonali combined to play in Almiron, putting the ball past McGregor who was replaced by Jack Butland six minutes before the break in a planned switch. The 41 year-old is now a free agent with an uncertain future.
That was a fair reflection on the pattern of play at that point and the black and whites retained the upper hand and dominated possession without creating any further goalscoring opportunities.
An instantly forgettable and less committed second half (cheating Cantwell aside) saw the visitors make seven changes at the interval. Shortly after another raft of substitutions, Rangers registered an equaliser their play didn't warrant when Sam Lammers exploited a poor clearance from Karl Darlow on 64 minutes.
The evening ended positively though for the Magpies when Alexander Isak's cross from the left hand side of the box was headed over Butland by Ashby in front of the travelling support - Darlow then denying Alex Lowry in the final seconds to wrap up a deserved victory.