Stefan Scougall has been training with Carlisle United’s youth team in his bid to boost his fitness for a first-team return.

Boss Steven Pressley decided against taking the midfielder to Newport as Scougall comes back from a hamstring injury.

Instead the Scot did extra work back at Brunton Park, with next weekend’s visit of Crewe being eyed for a return to availability.

Pressley said: “The reason we left him was that training [on the Friday] was not of a high intensity and we felt it would make better use him training with the under-18s and doing additional work to get more into his legs.”

Nathan Thomas missed Saturday’s game with illness.

United will send a reserve side to Rangers tomorrow for a friendly at the Glasgow club’s training centre.