Published: 05/01/2013 17:00 - Updated: 08/01/2013 12:15

Rangers stunned by Elgin's Ibrox heroes

TEN man City pulled off one of the greatest results of their history by holding the mighty Rangers to a 1-1 draw at Ibrox on Saturday.

Daniel Moore evades a tackle by Andy Little. Photo by Bob Crombie.
Daniel Moore evades a tackle by Andy Little. Photo by Bob Crombie.

Despite losing Paul Harkins to a first half red card, City stunned a 46,000 home crowd by leveling through Jamie Duff on 86 minutes.

It was the first time Rangers had failed to win on home soil in Division 3, despite taking the lead through Lewis Macleod on just nine minutes.

Delighted manager Ross Jack said his team proved their critics wrong by pulling off a great result.

"To come back and get a point with ten men was phenomenal," he said. "A lot of people thought it might be nine or ten before the game and were writing us off.

"I am not embarrassed to say we tried to play on the break.

"I felt if we could hang in there we had players with pace and if we got a corner or free kick we might nick something.

 "We just had to be careful and play with a lot of discipline. It was backs-to-the-wall stuff.

Some Elgin fans might have been fearing another heavy loss to the Glasgow giants, having suffered 5-1, 3-0 and 6-2 reversals to Ally McCoist’s men already this term.

Rangers went into Saturday’s match on the back of 11 straight wins, while Elgin’s early season form hit a recent slump as they went four without a win including three straight losses.

But against all odds, the Black and Whites produced a heroic display to clinch a magnificent point.

Rangers were well on course for their expected victory when teenager Macleod showed good control and a neat finish past Joe Malin to open the scoring on nine minutes.

City stayed firm against further home raids and even threatened when Sean Crighton’s header forced a save out of Neil Alexander on 25 minutes.

Malin saved well from Macleod, before Harkins challenge on the livewire Templeton was deemed to be a sending off offence leaving the visitors with ten men before half time.

As expected, Rangers pressed hard in the second half in search of more goals. Andy Little went close and Templeton fired over, before Malin saved well from sub Barrie McKay and brilliantly touched a way a Little header.

But incredibly with four minutes left, City stunned their hosts with a leveller. Daniel Moore’s free kick was touched goalwards by Duff and Alexander’s blunder let the ball slip into the net.

It was the second time the Elgin centre back had scored for his team at Ibrox this season.

The result restores great pride for Elgin after a disappointing midweek home defeat to Peterhead.

Rangers: Alexander, Hegarty, Perry (Faure), Cribari, Wallace, Black, Hutton (Shiels), Little, Macleod (McKay), Templeton, McCulloch. Subs: Sandaza, Currie.

Elgin: Malin, Beveridge (McLean), Cameron, Crighton, Duff, Niven, Harkins, O’Donoghue (Wyness), Leslie, Nicolson, Moore. Subs: McMullan, Millar, Black.

Att 46, 406

 

Magic moment for Elgin...Rangers keeper Neil Alexander fumbles the ball for the equaliser at Ibrox. Photo by Bob Crombie.
Magic moment for Elgin...Rangers keeper Neil Alexander fumbles the ball for the equaliser at Ibrox. Photo by Bob Crombie.
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