Published: 17/11/2012 18:12 - Updated: 17/11/2012 18:29

'Scintillating' City get ready for Rangers in style

Written byBy Craig Christie

Elgin City warmed up for their top of the league clash against Rangers with a 4-1 win at Stirling described as 'scintillating' by their manager.

Craig Gunn was on target in City's 2-0 win over Queens Park
Craig Gunn - struck a first half hat-trick in Elgin's win.

Craig Gunn's 25 minute hat-trick and a Stuart Leslie goal did the business for the Black and Whites at Forthbank and thrilled boss Ross Jack.

"We went 4-0 up with 35 minutes of scintillating football," said Jack after the victory. "We had a job to do here, and now we can start focusing on Rangers."

Next Sunday's clash in front of a sell-out Borough Briggs will see leaders Rangers visit their nearest rivals Elgin, who are in a rich vein of form at the moment.

Saturday's win at Stirling extended the Moray men's unbeaten run to eight games, equalling their best run as a Scottish League side.

Gunn took just six minutes to open the scoring from a great Brian Cameron pass, and the striker added two more in 27 and 31 minutes.

Leslie then converted a Daniel Moore pass to put the visitors in total command, although Graham Weir pulled one back before the break.

Manager Jack was pleased with Gunn's treble - taking his tally for the season to 9 – and hailed the contribution of Cameron who had a hand in all three Gunn goals.

The Borough Briggs boss revealed how he told his team to be more conservative in the second half with the points effectively wrapped up, and get some defending practice in to start preparing for the Rangers game.

"It gave us the opportunity to defend, because we'll have to do a lot of that next week. The message was 'lets get some practice in' and we didn't go gung ho throw ourselves forward, we just kept it tight.

"Overall it was a really pleasing day."

Mark Nicolson was left out as a precaution to protect a hamstring tweak, but skipper David Niven returned after three matches on the sidelines and came through unscathed.

Jack admitted the 'Gers match – which is live on ESPN next Sunday – is now the talk of the camp and everyone is loking forward to it.

"The whole place is buzzing now, and Borough Briggs will be a fantastic place to be next Sunday.

"It's dreamland for us to be up there competing with Glasgow Rangers for top spot and we'll give it our best shot."

Rangers are two points clear with a game in hand over Elgin, who have now opened up a five point gap ahead of third placed Peterhead.

Elgin: Gibson, Beveridge, McMullan, Crighton, Duff, Cameron, Gunn (Wyness 69), O'Donoghue (McLean 72), Leslie, Niven, Moore (Harkins 63). Subs: McHardy, Black.

Don't miss Friday's Scot for all the build up to the Elgin City v Rangers match.

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