By Doug Ward

26th May, 2021 | 12:10pm

Rangers defender Rhys Breen impresses on loan at Orange County

Rhys Breen proved to be quite a hit for Orange County when the on-loan Rangers defender made his debut for the US club at the weekend.

Breen, 21, joined the California outfit on a season-long loan in March but had to wait until Saturday to make his first appearance when he played all 90 minutes against Sacramento.

Orange County won 1-0 in the USL Championship showdown and based on a tweet on Tuesday, Breen made a great first impression.

“Congratulations to Rangers’ Rhys Breen for making his debut for Orange County SC on Saturday,” said the tweet.

“Needless to say, he is a BEAST!⁣”

Emphatic

Breen’s impact was clear from the result as Orange County kept a clean sheet against their Californian rivals at their home ground.

He played alongside ex-Ger Rob Kiernan in the heart of the Orange County defence but Jack Thomson, who’s also on loan from Ibrox in California, failed to make the matchday squad.

Breen’s debut bodes well for him.

He’s 21-years-old and had limited first-team experience in Scotland having played 22 times across loan spells at both Partick Thistle and Queen’s Park so he needs all the game-time he can get in the US.

Stats by Wyscout suggest he played very well.

Breen won all three of the aerial duels he challenged for and completed 91 per cent of his passes. He also made six interceptions and a stunning 18 recoveries.

It was a solid display by him and if he continues to play like that, he could give Steven Gerrard something to think about next season when his loan spell at Orange County expires at the end of the year.

In other Rangers news, this long-serving Ger has confirmed he’s quitting Ibrox next week.