A second half double from midfield dynamo Lee Currie was enough to give Rangers a deserved victory over a full strength 1st division Livingston side at a balmy Shielfield on Saturday.The visitors pulled a goal back from a slick counter-attack late on but Rangers held on without any undue alarms, and Currie’s second goal, a blistering volley following good approach work by Lavery and Addison, will take some beating this season.
It was an unfamiliar Rangers side that took to the pitch, with only 3 of last season’s regulars – McLean, Currie and McDonald – in a starting line-up that featured 4 new signings (Bejouai, Hoskins, Brydon & Janczyk) and 3 trialists (Devon Jacobs at right back, ex-Livi & Stirling Albion, Ryan McCann at right wing, and Phil Addison from Earlston, previously with Hibs U-18s). Darren Lavery also started up top and made a good impression with his intelligent running and link-up work. Subs included new signing (subject to international clearance) Damien Gielty, who looked very composed down Rangers’ left and whose home debut was watched by his cousin, the Manchester Utd star Darren Fletcher.
This was a promising beginning from Rangers who are hoping to make further additions to their squad before they line up against a strong Queens Park outfit in the Ramsdens Community Cup on Saturday, 28th July.