THEY may have lost the match, but Elgin City won a host of admirers for their impressive Ibrox performance, says Ross Jack.
City were beaten 5-1 by a slick Rangers side, but their willingness to have a go at the Glasgow giants and keep playing football earned praise for manager Jack and his team.
Jack says his players did the club proud, a statement backed up by the messages of support he has been given since Sunday’s televised match.
And he revealed how everyone at Rangers went out of their way to give Elgin a warm welcome and ensure they had a memorable day.
"I can’t praise (Rangers’ boss) Ally McCoist, Kenny McDowall (his assistant) and the Rangers staff enough, because they were fantastic in the way they looked after us before and after the game," Ross said.
"We had a great chat in the manager’s office and when we discussed the game, they were full of praise for our players. It was nice to hear, and it wasn’t just talk, it was genuine praise.
"I’ve had phone calls and messages as well, from people impressed by the way we played.
"As for the Rangers supporters, we got a great reception when we arrived, and a tremendous round of applause from a big group of them as we were driving away from Ibrox.
"I think it was an appreciation of the fact that we didn’t try to kick them off the park or shut up shop, we tried to play our Elgin City game at their home, also that we gave them a right fright."
The ‘fright’ element was supplied by City centre half Jamie Duff, who fired the underdogs into a sensational 15th minute lead before the ’Gers eventually took control of the contest.
For much more on City's historic trip to Ibrox, see this week's 'Northern Scot'