Nigerian trio Leon Balogun, Joe Aribo and Calvin Bassey were second half substitutes as Rangers pipped Partick Thistle 1-0 in a pre season friendly, reports.

A late Cedric Itten goal after skipper James Tavernier missed a penalty gave Gets the win.

Gers boss Steven Gerrard made 10 changes for the second half with some star players including Tavernier, Connor Goldson, Leon Balogun, Calvin Bassey and Joe Aribo getting game time.

Striker Kemar Roofe cracked the post with a left-footed drive before Tavernier got a chance from the spot in the 81st minute when his free-kick was adjudged by referee Greg Aitken to have hit an arm in the Jags defensive wall inside the box.

However, the Light Blues captain’s penalty rebounded off the post and was knocked behind, but two minutes later Ianis Hagi headed down a Roofe cross and Itten knocked the ball in from close range for a positive result in Rangers’ first pre-season friendly.

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