Mon. Jul 22nd, 2019

Rangers 5-0 Oxford United: Steven Gerrard’s side record pre-season friendly win

Rangers 5-0 Oxford United: Jermain Defoe dedicates goal to Bradley Lowery on second anniversary of his death as Steven Gerrard’s side record dominant pre-season friendly victory ahead of Europa League tie

  • Rangers recorded heavy win over Oxford in their first pre-season friendly 
  • Daniel Candeias and Greg Stewart struck during the first-half at Ibrox 
  • Lewis Mayo, Sheyi Ojo and Jermain Defoe completed the scoring after the break
  • Defoe dedicated his goal to Bradley Lowery two years after youngster’s death 
  • Sam Allardyce, grandson of the ex-England boss, came off the bench for Oxford 
  • Rangers begin Europa League campaign at Gibraltar’s St. Joseph’s on Tuesday 

Rangers opened pre-season by beating Oxford United at Ibrox, with Jermain Defoe scoring the final goal and dedicating it to Bradley Lowery, two years after the youngster’s death.

Defoe became close friends with the youngster while a Sunderland player, spending time with him before his death from cancer in 2017.

Steven Gerrard’s side enjoyed the ideal preparation prepared for their Europa League qualifying first round tie against St Joseph’s of Gibraltar on Tuesday.

Daniel Candeias fired Rangers ahead after 16 minutes in a thumping win over Oxford

Jermain Defoe came off the bench to complete the scoring in the final minutes of the game

Jermain Defoe came off the bench to complete the scoring in the final minutes of the game

Daniel Candeias and Greg Stewart gave the hosts a 2-0 lead after half an hour, before Lewis Mayo, Sheyi Ojo and Jermain Defoe completed the scoring in the first half.

The match against their League One opponents marks their first pre-season outing just two days before Rangers begin their European campaign. 

A host of new signings including Jake Hastie, Joe Aribo, George Edmundson, Stewart and Ojo featured for the Scottish side.

It took only 16 minutes for Rangers to open the scoring as Daniel Candeias raced on to Stewart’s flick and finished smartly.

Sunday marks the two-year anniversary of the death of Defoe's friend Bradley Lowery

Sunday marks the two-year anniversary of the death of Defoe’s friend Bradley Lowery

Sam Allardyce, the 18-year-old grandson of Sam Allardyce, came on as a substitute for Oxford

Sam Allardyce, the 18-year-old grandson of Sam Allardyce, came on as a substitute for Oxford

Sheyi Ojo, a new signing on loan from Liverpool, celebrates after scoring in the second half

Sheyi Ojo, a new signing on loan from Liverpool, celebrates after scoring in the second half

Stewart was the next to break through, cutting in and hammering home from a very narrow angle on the right.

A flurry of substitutions from both sides slowed the game down, but young academy striker Mayo made an impact off the bench, heading in from close range.

Another replacement in Ojo added a fourth on his first game for his new side after a loan move from Liverpool.

There was time for new Oxford signing Sam Allardyce, the grandson of former England manager Sam Allardyce, to come off the bench for Karl Robinson’s side. 

Veteran Defoe still had time to roll home a fifth and confirm a morale-boosting win for Gerrard’s side. 

Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos did not feature and watched from the touchline

Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos did not feature and watched from the touchline

Rangers will now prepare for their Europa League qualifying first round match at St Joseph's

Rangers will now prepare for their Europa League qualifying first round match at St Joseph’s

MATCH FACTS 

RANGERS: Alnwick (Foderingham HT), Polster (Tavernier 60), Katic (McPake HT), Edmundson (Mayo HT), Halliday (Barisic 60), Docherty (Jack 60), Kamara (Goldson HT), Aribo (Jones 60), Candeias (Ojo 60), Stewart (Defoe 60), Hastie (Davis HT)

GOALS: Candeias 16, Stewart 32, Mayo 52, Ojo 70 Defoe 90 

SUB NOT USED: Barjonas

OXFORD UTD: Eastwood (Stevens 60), Long (Jones 79), Dickie (Allardyce 79), Mousinho (Hanson HT), Ruffels, (Berkoe 79), Brannagan (McCreadie 79), Rodriguez Gorrin (James 79), Hall (Sykes HT), Henry (Napa HT), Fosu (Lofthouse 60), Whyte (Lopes 60)

SUB NOT USED: Heap

REFEREE: Nick Walsh (Scotland)

ATTENDANCE: 22,156 

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