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Match preview: Brentford B vs Rangers

Scottish giants visit Jersey Road this afternoon

1 October 2017

Rangers Development Squad are set to play at Jersey Road later this afternoon, a 3pm kick-off at The Bees' training ground in West London.

The visitors to London are part of the Rangers youth setup, the highest level of which played in the SPFL Development League until this season. While still contending the Scottish Challenge Cup, the Rangers Development Squad have withdrawn from a league system, opting instead to play a variety of teams from across Britain as well as professional sides from the Scottish league system. 

Head of Academy at Rangers, Craig Mulholland told the Club's website in May“we will create a games programme where we will play the best clubs in England and the best clubs in Europe and it’s really designed to deal with the transition from the under-17s through to the first team.

"It’s a massive issue for Scottish football but we are excited with this. It’s something we have been working on for well over a year and we hope this club are leading the way in terms of player development at that age and stage."

So Kevin O'Connor's side will meet a team comprising of several older players with First Team experience as well as some of the younger candidates from the Academy teams.

The former Brentford captain's side will include more names who have been involved in the First Team at Griffin Park. In recent weeks the side have seen Ilias Chatzitheodoridis, Theo Archibald and Mads Bech Sørensen appear on the team sheet for Dean Smith. All three will return to Jersey Road this afternoon after travelling to Middlesbrough with Brentford yesterday.

Henrik Johansson and Reece Cole are missing through injury, however Zain Westbrooke has returned from his loan spell at Solihull Moors and is available for selection. 

Today's match will be a tough test for the young Bees but one that should make for an entertaining end to the match schedule before the international break next week.

You can catch all the action via live updates on Twitter @brentfordfc and there will be a match report on following the game. As usual, iFollow will bring you match reaction from Kevin O'Connor and one or more of his squad after the final whistle.

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