Rangers midfielder Cole McKinnon has praised the patience shown by the Gers’ B team in their 2-0 win over Lowland League stalwarts Spartans on Tuesday night as the Colts made it two wins from two in the league
Ater beating Bo’ness United 2-0 on Saturday, David McCallum and Brian Gilmour’s side travelled to Edinburgh to take on an experienced Spartans side, with goals from McKinnon and Robbie Ure sealing the three points.
Despite coming up against players who have played senior football for years and are more physically developed than the Rangers B stars, McKinnon thinks the young Gers have handled the physical side of lower league football well.
One area the Rangers players do have a physical advantage, is their ability to outlast their part-time opponents with the Ibrox youngsters full-time at the club; and that was something McKinnon thinks worked to their benefit at Ainslie Park, telling Rangers TV: “Patience was key, it was the same in the last game as well when it was 0-0 at half-time. We knew coming here we had to be patient and those goals would come and we knew they would tire.
“Fair play to Spartans they did keep on going in the second-half but we knew the goals would come as long as we played the football we know we can play.
“The boys are coping well with the physical side, we are doing our gym work and physical work at the training ground. Spartans were a good, big side and throughout the team we dealt with that well.”
Fan support can help Rangers B “go further”
After almost 500 fans turned out at Ainslie Park, McKinnon thinks the backing of a vociferous Rangers support can help the Colts continue to impress.
While restrictions currently limit the number of fans allowed into games, there could soon be as many as 2000 allowed into games at the C&G Systems Stadium – Rangers B’s temporary home.
McKinnon admits he was surprised by just how many fans had shown up for the Spartans clash – with the possibility of another good crowd this weekend at the Falkirk Stadium when they face East Stirlingshire.
“I didn’t expect there to be so many fans, he continued. “But even scoring the goal when the fans get behind you it just makes you want to go again. I think if that keeps coming then we can keep on pushing ourselves and go further.”