Rangers Loan Report: Two goals, a man of the match & a debut

Barrie McKay, courtesy of Tony Fimister

Barrie McKay, Raith Rovers

McKay continued his strong play for Rovers as he earned Man of the Match honors after the 0-0 draw with Falkirk.  Starting for the injured Calum Elliot, according to the club’s official website, “McKay was at the hub of most of Raith’s better moments.”  McKay started on the right side of midfield & was responsible for creating numerous scoring chances as he launched crosses repeatedly into the Bairns’ penalty box.

Robbe Crawford, Morton

For the second straight week, Crawford was replaced with a quarter of the match to go.  He was subbed out in the 73rd minute of Morton’s 2-1 loss to Stenhousemuir.  However, Crawford’s presence has had a substantial impact on his new club.  In Russell Steele’s preview of the match for The Greenock Telegraph, Crawford received a good deal a praise for his influence on  the team.  “Robbie Crawford [has] epitomised the energy which [has] flowed throughout the team.  The arrival of on-loan Ranger Crawford has added a bit of quality and running power which has clearly improved them in midfield.”

Luca Gasparotto, courtesy of Dick Sargent

Luca Gasparotto, Airdrieonians

The big Canadian scored for the second week in a row, as Gasparotto headed in the tying goal in a 3-2 comeback victory.  In the 52nd minute, Gaspartotto nearly scored but sent the ball off the crossbar.  In the 87nd minute, he did get his goal which was accompanied by a Jamie Bain  match winner three minutes later.  After the match, an exasperated Ayr United manager Mark Roberts explained, “We kept giving away set-pieces & their big guys punished us for that.”

Calum Gallagher, Cowdenbeath

Like Gasparotto, the scrappy Callum Gallagher is also on a bit of a goal scoring streak.  Gallagher’s 41st minute goal ended up being the match winner, as the Blue Brazil defeated Queen of the South 2-1.  It was the second straight week that Gallagher has scored.  According to Stuart McLaren’s match report for The Only Team in the Bible – “On Robertson`s straightforward ball down the middle of the Queens defence somehow left Callum Gallagher with a run in on goal and the young Rangers forward elected to strike the ball early and under Clark from the edge of the box.”

Kyle McAusland, courtesy of Derek Watt

Kyle McAusland, Brechin City

There was a rare sighting of Kyle McAusland Saturday, as he made his debut for Brechin City.  The right back came on as a 58th minute sub in Brechin’s 3-1 loss to Forfar Athletic in League One action.

Danny Stoney, Stranraer

Came on as a sub in the 73rd minute in Stranraer’s 2-0 win over Stirling Albion.  It only took a couple of minutes before Stoney forced the goalie into a save.  It would be Stoney’s only shot on goal.

Barry Ferguson, courtesy of CFC

Craig Halkett, Clyde

The center-half went the full 90 minutes in Clyde’s 1-1 draw with Annan Athletic.  The match was particularly newsworthy as player-manager Barry Ferguson made his debut on the pitch – playing 47 minutes before taking himself out of the match.

Tom Walsh, Stenhousemuir

Did not make the first team squad.

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