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Rangers v East Stirling match report

Rangers 3 East Stirling 1: Little double puts Gers another win closer to title

By
Adam Shergold

PUBLISHED:

13:55 GMT, 2 March 2013

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UPDATED:

13:55 GMT, 2 March 2013

Rangers fought back from a half-time deficit to beat East Stirlingshire 3-1 and move another win closer to the Third Division title.

Two days after confirmation the club would not be stripped of five Premier League titles, they moved closer to another accolade and now require just five more wins to secure the championship.

Ibrox was in a buoyant mood as a result, but there were a few nerves jangling when Andy Stirling gave the visitors the lead five minutes before half-time.

However, normal service was resumed after the break, with a double from Andrew Little and another from Lee McCulloch earning a comfortable win.

Rangers now have a 23-point lead at the summit.

Full report and match pics to follow


Double strike: Andrew Little scored twice for Rangers in the win over East Stirling

Double strike: Andrew Little scored twice for Rangers in the win over East Stirling

Match Facts

Rangers: Alexander, Argyriou, Hegarty, Emilson Cribari, Wallace, Naismith (McKay 65), Black, Hutton, Templeton (Aird 90+1), Little, McCulloch (Hemmings 86)

Substitutes not used: Gallagher, Faure

Scorer: Little 50, 62; McCulloch 61

East Stirlingshire: Hay, Shepherd (Gillespie 68), Miller, Buchanan, Maxwell, Turner, Greenhill, Hunter, Stirling, Quinn (Zufle 75), Glasgow

Substitutes not used: Gordon, Wright, Benton

Bookings: Turner, Gillespie, Buchanan

Scorer: Stirling 40

Referee: Brian Colvin (Scotland)

Attendance: 44,534

Elgin 2 Rangers 6

Elgin 2 Rangers 6: Rampant visitors run riot to stretch lead at top of table

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15:30 GMT, 22 December 2012

Andy Little and Lee McCulloch helped themselves to two goals each as Rangers moved nine points clear with a game in hand at the top of the Irn-Bru Third Division.

Lewis Macleod and Kyle Hutton also claimed a goal apiece against Elgin, while Daniel Moore and Mark Nicolson found the net for the home side in an entertaining top-of-the-table tussle at Borough Briggs.

The clash between the two clubs should have been played on November 25 but was postponed then after Elgin sold too many tickets.

On our way: Rangers captain Lee McCulloch (left) celebrates his second goal against Elgin

On our way: Rangers captain Lee McCulloch (left) celebrates his second goal against Elgin

Match facts

Elgin: Gibson, Niven, Crighton, Nicolson, Gunn (Millar 79), Cameron, O'Donoghue, Harkins (McMullan 84), Moore, Wyness (Beveridge 70), Leslie.

Subs Not Used: Malin, McHardy.

Booked: Harkins, Crighton, Moore.

Goals: Moore 18, Nicolson 32.

Rangers: Aird, Argyriou (Perry 46), Hegarty, Emilson Cribari, Wallace, Little, Hutton, Macleod (Stella 79), Templeton (Crawford 70), McCulloch, McKay.

Subs Not Used: Currie, Naismith.

Booked: Hegarty.

Goals: Little 5, 24, McCulloch 41, 60,Macleod 64, Hutton 83.

Att: 3,448

Ref: Brian Colvin

The blunder earned the Moray outfit a 25,000 fine from the Scottish Football League, while chairman Graham Tatters was fined 1,000 by the Scottish Football Association earlier this week.

With the fixture finally under way, Rangers were clearly keen to make up for lost time and took the lead after five minutes.

Little collected a neat pass through the middle from David Templeton before rounding goalkeeper John Gibson and slotting into the back of the net.

Elgin were back on level terms with 17 minutes on the clock when the ball broke for Moore and he sent an impressive curling effort past the reach of Neil Alexander.

Rangers restored their lead after 24 minutes when Little grabbed his second of the day.

Templeton was again the provider with the cut-back and all that was required was a simple tap-in from the Northern Ireland international.

Again, the home side responded positively with a goal of their own.

Main man: Rangers' Andy Little scores his first goal of a successful afternoon

Main man: Rangers' Andy Little scores his first goal of a successful afternoon

Chris Hegarty was booked for a foul on David Niven on the edge of the box and Nicolson dispatched a superb swerving free-kick into the top corner with 32 minutes gone.

Elgin could have added to their tally when Brian Cameron unleashed a decent strike but Alexander was able to smother.

Instead, it was Rangers who had the net bulging again four minues before the break.

Little collected from Hutton before supplying the cross for McCulloch to lash home in off the crossbar.

Rangers made a change at the break when Anestis Argyriou was replaced by Ross Perry.

Elgin looked dangerous after the restart
and Craig Gunn squandered the chance to find the net when he blasted
over after Alexander spilled the ball.

Not enough: Elgin's Mark Nicolson celebrates his goal against Rangers

Not enough: Elgin's Mark Nicolson celebrates his goal against Rangers

McCulloch – back in a forward role after a recent spell in defence – was on target again when he raced onto a Templeton ball and fired across the goalkeeper into the bottom corner after 60 minutes.

Macleod added his name to the scoresheet four minutes later with a powerful, low strike from just inside the box.

Rangers threw Robbie Crawford into the action for Templeton and the youngster almost claimed a goal of his own within a couple of minutes when he forced Gibson into a great save.

Hutton put the gloss on the win when he rifled home from 20 yards after 83 minutes, before Alexander denied Moore from the penalty spot two minutes later after Hutton brought down Stuart Leslie.

East Stirling 2 Rangers 6 match report: Lee McCulloch double helps Gers go five points clear

East Stirling 2 Rangers 6: McCulloch hits two in rout to send Gers five points clear

PUBLISHED:

15:26 GMT, 17 November 2012

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UPDATED:

15:26 GMT, 17 November 2012

Rangers produced a clinical second-half display to defeat East Stirling 6-2 at Ochilview.

The Ibrox side netted four times after the break to extend their lead at the top of Irn-Bru Division Three to five points.

Lee McCulloch opened the scoring from the penalty spot after 12 minutes and East Stirling were dealt a further blow when Phillipp Zufle was ordered off for a poorly-timed challenge on Kevin Kyle.

Andrew Little doubled Rangers' lead after 39 minutes, however the hosts replied just one minute later as Kevin Turner headed home Nathan Shepherd's corner.

Goal machine: Lee McCulloch hit the first from the spot

Goal machine: Lee McCulloch hit the first from the spot

Match facts

East Stirling: Hay, Jackson, Miller, Sean Kelly, Shepherd, Greenhill (Hunter 67), Zufle, McKernon, Maxwell (Herd 65), Turner, Quinn (Begg 73). Subs not used: Gordon, Hume.
Sent Off: Zufle (33).

Goals: Turner 41, Quinn 58 pen.

Rangers: Alexander, Argyriou, McCulloch, Hegarty, Wallace, Little (Aird 78), Black, Macleod (Crawford 83), McKay, Shiels (Naismith 68), Kyle. Subs not used: Scott Gallagher, Hutton.

Booked: Hegarty, Little.

Goals: McCulloch 12 pen, Little 39, Wallace 49, Kyle 63, Naismith 71, McCulloch 82 (pen).

Referee: George Salmond.

Attendance: 2,854.

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But Lee Wallace re-established a
two-goal advantage for Ally McCoist's side four minutes after the break
before their lead was cut for the second time when Paul Quinn slotted
home from the penalty spot.

Rangers were rewarded for their
dominance throughout much of the second half when Kevin Kyle and Kai
Naismith both netted to put the game well out of the reach of their
opponents and McCulloch added a sixth goal eight minutes from time.

The visitors enjoyed the majority of
the early possession and Kyle passed up a good chance to open the
scoring after eight minutes when he failed to hit the target after a
neat passing exchange between Ian Black and Wallace.

The large Rangers support did not
have to wait much longer to see their side break the deadlock, though,
as referee George Salmond pointed to the spot after Sean Kelly hacked
down Dean Shiels.
McCulloch stepped up and calmly slotted the resulting penalty low beyond Hay.

Barrie McKay went close to doubling
the visitors' lead when he raced on to Lewis McLeod's through ball and
chipped the ball over the onrushing Hay, fortunately for East Stirling,
though, the ball rolled past the right-hand post.

The hosts responded in a positive fashion, forcing a number of corners that troubled the Rangers defence.

Scott Maxwell tried to catch out Neil Alexander with a shot from outside the box, however the keeper comfortably gathered.

The task facing East Stirling was made even greater when Zufle was shown a straight red card for a reckless challenge on Kyle.

Hay produced a good low stop to deny
Black as Rangers tried to take advantage of their one-man advantage and
they extended their lead six minutes before half-time when Little's
volley looped over the keeper and into the net.

But Turner connected with Nathan
Shepherd's pinpoint cross one minute later to restore some hope for the
hosts going into the break.

Rangers began the second half
brightly and re-established a two goal lead four minutes after the
restart when Wallace burst forward and drove a low shot past the
helpless Hay.

The home side were presented with the
perfect opportunity to reduce the deficit after 58 minutes when
McCulloch bundled over Shepherd inside the box and Quinn made no mistake
in dispatching the penalty.

Black came agonisingly close to
scoring his first goal for Rangers on the hour mark as his shot cannoned
back off the inside of the post.

Kyle then opened his account for the Ibrox club when he swept the ball home from close range after Andy Little's mishit shot.

Naismith replaced Shiels after 68
minutes and the 20-year-old wasted little time in getting on the
scoresheet, slotting home McKay's cut-back from the edge of the box.

McCulloch converted from the spot for
the second time with eight minutes remaining after Steven Jackson
handled inside the box – his 19th goal of the season.

Substitute Fraser Aird flashed a shot
wide of the target in the closing minutes, but Rangers were unable to
extend their lead further.

Lee McCulloch says sorry after Rangers defeat at Stirling

We're so sorry! McCulloch admits there are no excuses as Rangers suffer humbling defeat at Stirling

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13:32 GMT, 7 October 2012

Skipper Lee McCulloch has apologised to supporters after Rangers crashed to one of their worst ever results.

The Light Blues travelled to Stirling Albion on Saturday hoping to finally secure an elusive first away win in the Irn-Bru Third Division.

Instead, they suffered their first league defeat of the season against a side who headed into the clash at Forthbank bottom of the table.

Battle: Lee McCulloch tries to win the ball at Stirling on Saturday

Battle: Lee McCulloch tries to win the ball at Stirling on Saturday

Rangers are struggling to adapt to life in Scottish football's bottom tier, especially gruelling matches on the road, and McCulloch conceded their efforts have simply not been acceptable.

He said: 'We owed a result to the fans, who turned up and made it another sell-out. We can only apologise to them.

'We've got a lot of new players, a lot of young players, a couple of foreign players who don't speak English. But that's all excuses, isn't it

'We really need to start picking up points now for the fans as well as ourselves.

Delight: Stirling players celebrate Brian Allison's goal

Delight: Stirling players celebrate Brian Allison's goal

'It's not acceptable so we are going to have to respond to it. We owe it to the fans, we owe it to ourselves, we owe it to the management and we owe it to everyone at the club.

'Drawing away from home at a club like Rangers isn't acceptable and, after getting beaten away from home, hopefully everyone knows now that it can't happen again.'

Brian Allison grabbed the only goal of the game early on to hand victory to a side who had suffered five league defeats in a row.

McCulloch added: 'I wouldn't say we are embarrassed. They worked harder than us and they had one chance and it was a poor goal for us to lose. We are obviously disappointed.

Under pressure: Rangers manager Ally McCoist

Under pressure: Rangers manager Ally McCoist

'We wanted it to be the day that we got the away win that we have been looking for since the start of the season and it hasn't come yet. At half-time and full-time there was anger but there is nothing we can do about it now. It's in the past now.'

When asked if the result piled the pressure on boss Ally McCoist, the captain replied: 'I don't know about that. We wanted to go out and get that result for him and it wasn't to be. All we can do is go into the next game and try to win that game for him.

'He was the same as the boys – just disappointed. I wish we could put our finger on what's actually wrong. I don't think it's attitude. Maybe they just defended a bit better than us so we didn't get three points.'

Forres Mechanics 0 Rangers 1 match report: Kal Naismith scores

Forres Mechanics 0 Rangers 1: Naismith off the mark as Gers edge 10 men

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16:39 GMT, 29 September 2012

Kal Naismith opened his goalscoring account as Rangers scraped past 10-man Forres Mechanics into the third round of the William Hill Scottish Cup.

The 20-year-old's first senior goal for the Ibrox club was all that separated the two sides in the clash at Mosset Park, which saw Nathan Sharp dismissed for the home team.

Rangers have so far failed to pick up a win on the road in the Irn-Bru Third Division this season but, thanks to Naismith's strike, claimed a narrow victory in what could have been a tricky tie.

Light Blues boss Ally McCoist made two changes from the side who defeated Motherwell midweek for the long trip north to the Highlands.

Hard fought: Lee McCulloch evades Graeme Grant to fire in a shot

Hard fought: Lee McCulloch evades Graeme Grant to fire in a shot

Naismith was handed his first start, while Kyle Hutton was also drafted into the starting line-up following an impressive substitute appearance in the Scottish Communities League Cup on Wednesday night.

They replaced Francisco Sandaza – who is out for the rest of the year with a broken cheekbone – and Dean Shiels, who also missed out through injury.

Forres claimed for a penalty in the opening minute for handball against Sebastien Faure but their pleas were ignored by referee Crawford Allan.

Instead, it was Naismith who made the most of his opportunity when he grabbed the opener for Rangers after 14 minutes.

Fraser Aird did well down the left before crossing into the box, where the ball was missed by Lee McCulloch in front of goal, before falling kindly for Naismith to rifle home.

McCulloch then forced a save from Stuart Knight with a low free-kick which sliced through the defence before the goalkeeper tipped past the post.

The utility man then had another go from just outside the area but again Knight was up to the task and gathered comfortably.

In the hat: Ally McCoist's side are into the fourth round

In the hat: Ally McCoist's side are into the fourth round

At the other end, Forres could have hauled themselves level but Scott Moore just failed to connect with a teasing ball into the box and stab home the equaliser.

The home side were threatening again shortly before the break when Simon Allan's corner found Sharp at the back post and Neil Alexander had to react quickly to claim his bullet header.

Aird set about trying to double Rangers' lead after the break when he dragged a shot wide shortly after the re-start, before testing the goalkeeper with a tame strike.

Forres still looked dangerous and had a great chance when Allan's free-kick found Kyle Scott in front of goal and Alexander was forced to block the point-blank effort with his feet.

Rangers made their first change on the hour-mark when Kevin Kyle – available after a two-match suspension – was thrown into the action for Anestis Argyriou.

Going down: Scott Moore's tackle brings Kal Naismith to earth

Going down: Scott Moore's tackle brings Kal Naismith to earth

The Highland League champions' hopes of hauling themselves back into the tie were dealt a blow after 64 minutes when Sharp picked up a second yellow card for deliberate handball.

Rangers made another switch when Aird was replaced by fellow youngster Robbie Crawford and he almost grabbed the elusive second goal.

Lewis Macleod was the provider with a dangerous ball from the right and Crawford was denied only by an excellent save from Knight to force the shot over.

There was one final attempt from Forres to secure a lucrative replay at Ibrox but Graham Fraser bulleted his header inches wide with a couple of minutes to go as Rangers held on for the win.

Memorable afternoon: A vendor sells scarves prior to kick-off

Memorable afternoon: A vendor sells scarves prior to kick-off

Rangers 2 Motherwell 0: Match report

Rangers 2 Motherwell 0: McCulloch and Shiels show Gers can still mix it with the big boys

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20:54 GMT, 26 September 2012

Rangers showed they can still compete with the top sides in the country by dumping in-form Motherwell out of the Scottish Communities League Cup.

The Light Blues faced top-flight opposition for the first time since being consigned to liquidation and voted into the Irn-Bru Third Division in the summer when the Clydesdale Bank Premier League leaders came calling in the third round tie.

Motherwell were branded favourites by their hosts ahead of this game but any hopes of claiming a first win at Ibrox since 1997 were dashed by goals from Lee McCulloch and Dean Shiels as Rangers booked their place in the quarter-finals.

Flying high: Rangers' Lee McCulloch celebrates scoring against Motherwell

Flying high: Rangers' Lee McCulloch celebrates scoring against Motherwell

Match facts:

Rangers: Alexander, Faure, Perry, Emilson Cribari, Wallace, Argyriou, McCulloch, Macleod, Aird (McKay 81), Sandaza (Hutton 24), Shiels (Crawford 75).

Subs Not Used: Gallacher, Stella.

Booked: McCulloch.

Goals: McCulloch 50, Shiels 56.

Motherwell: Randolph, Kerr, Hutchinson, Cummins, Hammell (Francis-Angol 65), Humphrey (Daley 72), Hateley (Murphy 64), Lasley, Law, Ojamaa, Higdon.

Subs Not Used: Hollis, Ramsden.

Booked: Hammell, Daley.

Attendance: 29,413

Referee: Calum Murray

Ally McCoist made two changes to his side from the weekend after Ian Black failed to recover from a hamstring injury and Barrie McKay was dropped to the bench.

Francisco Sandaza was drafted into the starting line-up and Fraser Aird made his first start after an impressive debut from the bench against Montrose.

Motherwell named an unchanged side after being held to a 3-3 draw by Aberdeen in their last outing.
One of the biggest criticisms levelled at Rangers this season was starting games too slowly but they were out of the traps quickly, as the stadium rocked.

Clearly, both players and fans were relishing the return of top-flight opposition to Govan and it was Rangers who almost drew first blood.

Aird looked dangerous down the left flank and delivered a teasing ball into the box for Sandaza but he failed to connect properly and produce a clean shot.

The first effort on target fell to Motherwell when Tom Hateley had a go from the edge of the area but goalkeeper Neil Alexander was able to claim comfortably.

Hateley then turned provider for Henrik Ojamaa but he was forced too wide before unleashing and Alexander was again up to the task and gathered with ease.

Showing they can still do it: Rangers Anestis Argyriou and Motherwell's Zan Francis-Angol battle for the ball

Showing they can still do it: Rangers Anestis Argyriou and Motherwell's Zan Francis-Angol battle for the ball

There was concern for both sides when Sandaza and Shaun Hutchison both required treatment following a sickening clash of heads.

Hutchison left the pitch with blood pouring from a head wound and returned several minutes later after receiving stitches but the match was over for a groggy-looking Sandaza who was taken down the tunnel on a stretcher.

Kyle Hutton was thrown into the action for the striker with 24 minutes gone, making his first appearance since the League Cup win over East Fife in early August.

Showing what it means: Rangers team captain and goalscorer Lee McCulloch celebrates as the final whistle

Showing what it means: Rangers team captain and goalscorer Lee McCulloch celebrates as the final whistle

Pain game: Motherwell's Nicky Law cuts a dejected figure at full-time

Pain game: Motherwell's Nicky Law cuts a dejected figure at full-time

Both sides looked capable of finding the back of the net and Rangers came close when Shiels' cut-back found McCulloch and he drove just over the crossbar from 10 yards.

At the other end, Nicky Law found himself one on one with Alexander but the Rangers goalkeeper raced off his line to clear the danger before the midfielder could unleash the shot.

The second half was just four minutes old when Rangers opened the scoring.

Aird's short corner was punted into the box by Shiels where McCulloch was waiting to take advantage of poor marking by Motherwell and nod home from six yards.

Rangers doubled their lead after 56 minutes when Anestis Argyriou squared into the path of Shiels in plenty of space to volley past the helpless Darren Randolph.

Bundle: Rangers' players celebrate as they jump on team mate Dean Shiels after he scored

Bundle: Rangers' players celebrate as they jump on team mate Dean Shiels after he scored

The Steelmen could have pulled a goal back with a free-kick just outside the box but a swerving effort from Hateley was tipped wide by a full-stretch Alexander.

The tie could have been all but over for Motherwell when Aird forced his way past two defenders into the box only for his low shot to be blocked by the legs of Randolph.

The visitors tried to haul themselves back into the match and Ojamaa went to ground under pressure from Ross Perry but there was no penalty from referee Calum Murray.

Goalscorer Shiels appeared to take a knock and was replaced by youngster Robbie Crawford, before fellow substitute McKay was denied late on by Randolph, as Rangers held on for the morale-boosting victory.

Rangers 4 Montrose 1: New boys strike

Rangers 4 Montrose 1: New boys Macleod and Crawford strike as Gers close in on lead

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16:32 GMT, 23 September 2012

Lewis Macleod and Robbie Crawford both claimed their first goals for the club as Rangers moved to within a point of the Irn-Bru Third Division summit with a win over Montrose.

It could have been a difficult day for the Light Blues when an own goal from Anestis Argyriou cancelled out Dean Shiels' opener.

But Macleod restored the advantage before Lee McCulloch grabbed his 10th goal of the season and young Crawford came off the bench to add his own name to the score-sheet late on.

Cheers: Lewis MacLeod (right) celebrates his goal

Cheers: Lewis MacLeod (right) celebrates his goal

Match facts

Rangers: Alexander, Faure, Perry, Emilson Cribari, Wallace, Argyriou, Macleod, Black (Sandaza 64), McKay (Aird 55), Shiels (Crawford 79), McCulloch.

Subs Not Used: Gallacher, Stella.

Goals: Shiels 27, Macleod 55, McCulloch 60, Crawford 82.

Montrose: David Crawford, McNalley, Lunan, Campbell, Ricky McIntosh (McGuire 69), Gray (Winter 78),Jonathan Crawford, Masson, Young, Leighton McIntosh (Johnston 69), Gary Wood.

Subs Not Used: Sandy Wood, McLeish.

Booked: Masson, Lunan, Jonathan Crawford.

Goals: Argyriou 35 og.

Att: 45,081

Ref: Stephen Finnie (Scotland).

Rangers made one change for the clash at Ibrox after crashing out of the Ramsdens Cup to Queen of the South in midweek, with Sebastien Faure drafted into the side and Francisco Sandaza dropped to the bench.

With Ally McCoist preparing to turn 50 tomorrow, he was clearly hoping for an early birthday present of three points against Montrose following a couple of poor results.

But any suggestions that fans may be losing patience with the manager were dispelled when a section of the support unfurled a massive banner before kick-off proclaiming: 'We will follow in the footsteps of his team. Ally McCoist MBE.'

Once the action was under way, Montrose made clear their intentions to add to Rangers' recent woes, following the cup exit and last weekend's draw at Annan.

The match was just two minutes old when Leighton McIntosh saw his early effort deflected just over by Faure.

The resulting corner then caused problems for the Gers defence as Argyriou rattled the post in his attempts to clear the danger.

Neil Alexander was called into action to smother from Gary Wood and Terry Masson's tame strike was also dealt with by the goalkeeper as the visitors piled forward.

Once again, Rangers had endured a slow start to a game but could have been ahead following a decent move which began with Ian Black releasing Barrie McKay down the left flank.

The teenager then supplied the cut-back for Shiels but his half-volley was high and wide and failed to trouble goalkeeper David Crawford.

Setback: Montrose's Gary Wood scores

Setback: Montrose's Gary Wood scores

The Northern Irishman made amends for the miss with 27 minutes on the clock when he raced on to McCulloch's flick on and lashed past the grasp of Crawford from 10 yards.

The Gable Endies were back on level terms just six minutes later when Ryan McIntosh tried to pick out Wood with a free-kick only for Argyriou to connect and inadvertently send the ball past Alexander and into the back of his own net.

McKay could have netted early in the second half when he met a neat pass from McCulloch, only to drag his shot across the face of goal and wide of the post.

Rangers restored their lead 10 minutes after the restart when Macleod ran on to a Faure ball and turned his marker before lashing low into the far bottom corner.

Three: Lee McCullock strikes Rangers' third goal

Three: Lee McCullock strikes Rangers' third goal

The home side made their first change seconds later when McKay was withdrawn for Fraser Aird, allowing his fellow youngster to make his first senior appearance.

Macleod then turned provider for Rangers' third of the day when he teed up the shot for McCulloch to power home from just inside the area.

Sandaza was thrown into the action after 64 minutes and was immediately tripped on the edge of the box, before a full-stretch Crawford just managed to tip over Lee Wallace's curling free-kick.

Aird was impressive and added an injection of energy to the game, as Montrose began to tire and Rangers looked in control of the match.

Robbie Crawford put the gloss on the win just two minutes after replacing Shiels when he supplied a confident side-foot finish after meeting a pass from Wallace with eight minutes to go.

Rangers 5 Elgin City 1: David Templeton strikes twice on debut

Rangers 5 Elgin City 1: New boy Templeton hits a brace as McCoists men run riot

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18:25 GMT, 2 September 2012

Fantasy football 2012

David Templeton marked his debut with a double as Rangers came from behind to claim a convincing victory over Elgin City in the Irn-Bru Third Division.

Lee McCulloch celebrated being handed the captain's armband with a brace of his own, as he netted his 100th and 101st career goals.

Dean Shiels was also on target, sparking the Rangers comeback with the equaliser after Jamie Duff had given Elgin a shock lead.

What a way to introduce yourself: David Templeton bags his second goal

What a way to introduce yourself: David Templeton bags his second goal

Templeton made his Rangers bow from the start as boss Ally McCoist made two changes from the Scottish Communities League Cup win over Falkirk midweek.

The winger was drafted straight into the starting line-up for the clash at Ibrox, ahead of Sebastien Faure, after sealing his move from Hearts late on Friday night.

Ross Perry was also given the nod as he took the place of skipper Carlos Bocanegra in the heart of defence, after the American joined Racing Santander on loan on transfer deadline day.

Skipper: Lee McCulloch, who also scored two, celebrates (centre)

Skipper: Lee McCulloch, who also scored two, celebrates (centre)

Minutes before the match was due to start, McCoist confirmed on the club's official website that McCulloch would replace Bocanegra as captain, describing the decision as a 'no brainer'.

Rangers enjoyed the best of the opening stages and came close after a couple of minutes when McCulloch fed Shiels and he dragged his shot narrowly wide.

Andy Little then raced onto a Templeton pass only to see his well-struck shot fizz just past the post as the home side continued the early pressure.

However, Rangers were hit with a sucker-punch when Elgin took the lead after 15 minutes when a corner broke for Duff and he lashed high into the top corner.

Surprise: Jamie Duff scores a shock opener for Elgin City

Surprise: Jamie Duff scores a shock opener for Elgin City

McCulloch could have levelled the scoreline again almost immediately but directed his header straight into the grateful hands of goalkeeper John Gibson.

But Rangers were back on level terms with 24 minutes gone when McCulloch's initial effort was blocked and Shiels pounced on the rebound to power home.

The Ibrox side then surged into the lead five minutes later when Ian Black teed up the shot with some fine play for Templeton and the new recruit rifled high into the net.

Loyal: Fans turned up in their droves

Loyal: Fans turned up in their droves

Templeton could have been celebrating again moments later when he unleashed from distance and Gibson was only just able to block for a corner.

The winger then tested the goalkeeper again with another decent effort but, this time, McCulloch was able to stab home the rebound from inside the six yard box to claim his century on the stroke of half-time.

Templeton claimed his second of the day just three minutes after the restart.

A
Shiels corner into the packed box was collected by the winger, who
turned and drove past Gibson from close range to leave Elgin with no way
back.

Chuffed: Ally McCoist enjoyed himself

Chuffed: Ally McCoist enjoyed himself

There was also a double for McCulloch after 59 minutes. Little was the provider when he squared across the face of goal and a simple finish was all that was required from the new skipper.

McCulloch could have claimed his hat-trick when he met an Anestis Argyriou ball across the face of goal but blasted over, before firing wide after being set up by Barrie McKay.

There was no hat-trick for Templeton either, who was withdrawn to a loud ovation from the 46,015 crowd – the biggest in Scotland this weekend – to make way for Kevin Kyle late on.

He was later announced as the sponsors' man of the match following an impressive first outing for his new club.

Berwick 1 Rangers 1: Match Report

Berwick 1 Rangers 1: Gers escape with a point after late Townsley goal disallowed

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13:26 GMT, 26 August 2012

Rangers were left still searching for their first away win in the Irn-Bru Third Division after being held to a 1-1 draw at Berwick.

Andy Little netted his seventh goal of the season for the Glasgow giants, before Fraser McLaren levelled for the home side, who could have snatched victory at the end.

It was not quite up there with Berwick's famous Scottish Cup win over Rangers in 1967 but they would have been the happier of the two sides with the outcome.

Fraser McLaren (left) celebrates scoring the equaliser for Berwick half-way through the second half

Fraser McLaren (left) celebrates scoring the equaliser for Berwick half-way through the second half

MATCH FACTS

Berwick Rangers: Bejaoui, Droudge, Townsley, Brydon, Hoskins, Notman,
Janczyk (McLaren 58), Currie, McDonald, Lavery (Gielty 58), Addison

Subs not used: McCaldon, Lancaster, Ferguson

Goal: McLaren 62

Booked: Currie, Janczyk

Rangers: Alexander, Perry, Emilson Cribari, Bocanegra, Argyriou, Little, McCulloch, Macleod (Naismith 77), Black, McKay (Crawford 64), Sandaza (Kyle 64)

Subs not used: Gallagher, Faure

Goal: Little 45

Booked: Bocanegra

Referee: Mike Tumilty

Attendance: 4,140

Anestis Argyriou made his Rangers debut from the start after signing a two-year deal yesterday.

Fellow new recruit Sebastien Faure – who joined the Ibrox side last week – was named on the bench.

Skipper Carlos Bocanegra also started
despite being an injury doubt before the game, while Ross Perry made his
first appearance of the season after recovering from a calf strain.

Like Old Firm rivals Celtic, Rangers had expressed a desire to play in England in the past.

But the clash at Shielfield, two miles
south of the border, was a long way from the promised land of the
Barclays Premier League.

Rangers started well and were threatening early on when a Barrie McKay cross found Lewis MacLeod and he fired wide.

Lee Currie then picked up the first booking after just four minutes for a crunching challenge on Ian Black.

Berwick refused to be overawed by their visitors and Dean Hoskins tested Neil Alexander at his near post with a cross come shot.

Little (centre) smashes the ball home to give Rangers the lead in first half stoppage time

Little (centre) smashes the ball home to give Rangers the lead in first half stoppage time

Andrew Little had put Rangers in to the lead on the stroke of half time at Shielfield Park

Little (centre) is mobbed by his teammates after opening the scoring, but his goal wasn't enough for the three points

Little (centre) is mobbed by his teammates after opening the scoring, but his goal wasn't enough for the three points

Neil Janczyk then had a go with an
effort from distance that deflected past several bodies in the box
before being smothered by the goalkeeper.

The home side continued to push
forward in search of the opener and Darren Lavery dragged his shot wide
when he should at least have tested Alexander.

Berwick goalkeeper Youssef Bejaoui did
not have a save to make for most of the first half but was left picking
the ball out of the net in injury time.


Lee McCulloch (right) challenges Lee Currie during the Third Division match

Lee McCulloch (right) challenges Lee Currie during the Third Division match

A Black free-kick found Lee McCulloch at the back post and he nodded into the path of Little to rifle home from six yards.

Berwick tried to hit back immediately
after the restart and Phil Addison saw his shot fizz across goal and
wide, before Alexander was called into action to gather from Currie.

They were back on level terms after 63
minutes when substitute McLaren sent a powerful angled drive past the
grasp of Alexander and into the bottom corner just four minutes after
coming off the bench.


Darren Lavery (left) and Carlos Bocanegra tussle for the ball

Darren Lavery (left) and Carlos Bocanegra tussle for the ball

At the other end, Francisco Sandaza's
point blank shot was blocked by Bejaoui, before he was withdrawn along
with McKay to make way for Kevin Kyle and Robbie Crawford.

Berwick looked like they were going
for the win and Marc Lancaster was not too far away with a ferocious
shot that whistled just over.

Alexander then produced a superb save to tip over from McLaren with a couple of minutes to go.

Chris Townsley nodded home from the resulting corner but the referee had already blown for a foul.

Ally McCoist targets more new faces after 38,000 fans watch Rangers cup win

McCoist targets more new faces after 38,000 fans watch Rangers cup win

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Fantasy football 2012

Rangers manager Ally McCoist
celebrated the triple-signing of Fran Sandaza, Kevin Kyle and Emilson
Cribari, then vowed to step up his bid to land new recruits starting
with Craig Beattie.

After watching his side beat East
Fife 4-0 in the first round of the Scottish Communities League Cup, the
Ibrox boss admits he would feel his squad was ‘depleted’ if he did not
land any new players ahead of the transfer window closing, with Rangers
due to be hit with a one-year transfer embargo for past sins.

Flying start: Lee McCulloch settled Rangers' nerves with the opener after quarter of an hour

Flying start: Lee McCulloch settled Rangers' nerves with the opener after quarter of an hour

And on a night which saw a huge crowd delay kick off by 20 minutes as 38,000 fans crammed through the pay gates at Ibrox to support their fallen club, McCoist admitted he would be unhappy if his triple signing swoop was his last ahead of the transfer window closing.

Former Celtic and Hearts striker Beattie tops his list but McCoist hopes for a flood of recruits ahead of assaults on the Third then Second Division.

McCoist said: ‘I’m delighted at the quality players Sandaza, Kyle and Emilson we brought in today, but I would feel our squad was depleted if we could not get more in before the window closes. Simple maths tells you we need more players in because some will be going out and the embargo kicks in at the start of September.

‘I’m delighted to get in the three new guys but I would not be confident of getting through the next two years with these numbers, due to the prospect of injuries and suspensions.

‘I’ll have a chat with Charles Green about Craig Beattie and see if we can push that on — but there’s a good number of players on my radar.’

McCoist also paid tribute to the Rangers fans for backing their club in numbers on Tuesday night.

‘They were absolutely amazing. I thought there would be 22,000 but I was hopeful we might reach 30,000. The shining light in this situation (since administration) has been our supporters.

‘This game at Ibrox meant so much to them
and I was really nervous beforehand because I wanted to win and give
them something they would be pleased to see. I’m always nervous before
games and I’ll be the same at Peterhead at the weekend.’

Meanwhile,
former St Johnstone striker Sandaza was celebrating realising a dream
by his Ibrox debut after his move to Govan fell through in January.

One up: Lee McCulloch (right) celebrates his opener with Rangers team-mate Andrew Little

One up: Lee McCulloch (right) celebrates his opener with Rangers team-mate Andrew Little

‘I’m delighted to finally come here and to play for this great club,’
said the Spaniard, who made his debut as a second half substitute
alongside Kyle.

‘When I arrived in Scotland four years ago, I didn’t speak any English
but I knew I wanted to play for a big club like this, at Ibrox in front
of a full stadium. I wanted to come in January but that didn’t happen.
But it seems it was my destiny.’

Meanwhile, 32-year-old former Lazio and Napoli defender Emilson admitted the lure of the Ibrox giant was too big to turn down.

He said: ‘I am very happy to be here. I got a very good impression when I
spoke with the manager and the stadium and the training facilities are
excellent.

‘The club is famous in my country because it has such a strong history,
so it was an easy decision for me to make when I had the chance to
sign.’

And after signing a one-year deal, former Hearts striker Kyle insisted
that the prospect of playing in the Third Division had not put him off
joining Rangers.

He said: ‘This is Rangers, it doesn’t get any bigger than this. It’s a massive opportunity.’

Doubling up: Dean Shiels chips home Rangers' second of the night

Doubling up: Dean Shiels chips home Rangers' second of the night