Despite a Craig Gunn double, Elgin City were unable to finish off the last of their friendlies with a win against an impressive Rangers XI.
The first half saw chances for both teams, Paul Miller missing a glorious opportunity to take the lead after Darren Cole had slipped, and Craig Frizzel coming close to scoring against his old club after the industrious Miller knocked a through ball into his path, but Frizz's shot was well saved in the end. Rangers hit back, Archie Campbell having a shot cleared off the line after having beaten Michael Dunn in goals, and Kal Naismith powered a shot towards goal but Dunn saved it very well, and the chance came to nothing.
The second half exploded into life in the 55th minute when Mark Nicolson hit an excellent ball for Gunn to run onto, and Gunn's shot was unlucky as it rattled the woodwork. Just 6 minutes later and Rangers found themselves in the lead, the excellent Kal Naismith setting up Rory Loy and the young forward found the net well with his low shot.
Elgin did not let that get to them however, and in the 62nd minute Kyle Hutton pulled back Paul Miller in the box and the referee awarded the penalty straight away. Craig Gunn stepped up and struck the penalty well into the left hand corner, beating the despairing Blair Currie in goals. To the delight of the strong Rangers support in the crowd today, Rangers again took the lead when Archie Campbell created a great opportunity for himself and finished superbly.
Elgin still had something left in the tank however and a long ball up the pitch in the 75th somehow found the path of Craig Gunn, and the pacey striker was able to keep his head and pick out his spot and put Elgin right back into the game. Elgin almost took the lead 3 minutes after when Gunn hit a shot from distance which the keeper made a mess of saving, but Brian Cameron was unable to find the net from the rebound.
Despite Elgin's late chances, Rangers showed why their youth are rated so highly when they took the lead right at the end after some confusion in the Elgin team. The ball looked to have been going out for a corner, however Archie Campbell deceived the defence with a cross which nobody saw coming, and that left Gordon Dick with a simple chance from point-blank range, which he put away despite the best efforts of substitute goalkeeper Paul Robinson. It was a real blow right at the end of the game for City, but the friendly drew in a big crowd and the game showed some real class from both sides, so there won't be too many people unhappy with the game in the end.
Elgin City: Dunn (Robertson 83), Jack (McLeod 45), Inglis (Gunn 45), Kaczan (McNab 60), Edwards, Wilson (Fraser 75), Cameron, Frizzel, Miller (Duff 72), Nicolson, Crooks.
Rangers: Smith (Currie 25), McNeil, Hetherington, Cole, Witorski, Hutton, Campbell, Mitchell, Loy (Kisuka 62), Dick (Naismith 35), Wright (Dick 83).