Rangers B could be handed a reprieve in the SPFL Trust Trophy after the SPFL confirmed they charged Ayr United with breaching SPFL Rules and Regulations and the SPFL has arranged a disciplinary hearing for Monday September 20.
The Honest Men beat the Rangers youngsters 3-0 earlier this week to book their place in the quarter-final but now face possible expulsion from the competition after fielding two ineligible players.
Kinlay Bilham and Alex Jeanes came off the bench for the Championship side nine minutes from the end, however, the players were on loan to West of Scotland League clubs Irvine Meadow XI and Girvan respectively.
That could see David McCallum’s side regain their place in the SPFL Trust and revive their hopes of beating their last outing in 2019/20 when they reached the semi-finals.
Daire O’Connor, Joe Chalmers and Markus Fjortoft were on Target for Ayr in the 3-0 win at Dumbarton’s C&G Systems Stadium as the young Gers were outmatched by their more experienced opponents.
Despite the possibility of being kicked out of the competition, Ayr are only likely to face a fine after fielding the ineligible duo late on when the game was already well over.
That will be little consolation to Rangers though who will look to pick up where they left off in the Lowland League as they close down leaders Bonnyrigg Rose.