Rangers 5 - 1 Elgin City

Sunday 2nd September 2012
D Shiels (24)
D Templeton (29, 49)
L McCulloch (45+2, 59)
J Duff (15)

McCulloch reaches landmark in Rangers romp

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

OfficialDavid Somers
Attendance46,015
VenueIbrox Stadium
Kick Off
Rangers 0 - 0 Elgin City
0:41
Shot taken by Dean Shiels with his right foot
1:03
Goal Kick taken by John Gibson
2:33
Foul on David Templeton
2:38
Free Kick taken by Ian Black
3:01
Cross from Lee Wallace
3:12
Clearance by Jamie Duff
4:30
Goal Kick taken by John Gibson
5:12
Cross from Craig Gunn
7:27
Cross from Anestis Argyriou
7:36
Block taken by Paul McMullan
7:39
Corner taken by Ian Black with his right foot from the right byline to the far post
7:57
Clearance by Sean Crighton
8:02
Shot taken by Ross Perry from the right penalty area
8:33
Goal Kick taken by John Gibson
9:55
Cross from Anestis Argyriou
10:01
Clearance by Jamie Duff
10:04
Corner taken by Ian Black with his right foot from the right byline to the far post
10:26
Clearance by Sean Crighton
10:33
Shot taken by David Templeton with his right foot
10:53
Goal Kick taken by John Gibson
11:13
Cross from Daniel Moore
11:20
Clearance by Ross Perry
11:23
Corner taken by Daniel Moore using his left foot from the left byline to the far post
11:35
Clearance by Ross Perry
12:21
Shot taken by Andrew Little with his right foot
12:43
Goal Kick taken by John Gibson
13:15
Foul on Craig Gunn
13:19
Free Kick taken by Daniel Moore
13:42
Cross from Paul McMullan
13:54
Clearance by Lee Wallace
13:59
Corner taken by Daniel Moore using his left foot from the right byline to the far post
14:29
Shot taken by Jamie Duff with his right foot from the left penalty area
14:29
Rangers 0 - 1 Elgin City
GOAL scored by Jamie Duff with his right foot from the left penalty area to the top right of the goal.
16:09
Cross from Ross Perry
16:17
Shot taken by Lee McCulloch from the left penalty area
18:23
Foul on David Niven
18:31
Free Kick taken by John Gibson
19:09
Offside flag raised against Brian Cameron
19:10
Free Kick taken by Lee Wallace
20:33
Goal Kick taken by John Gibson
21:45
Foul on Sanchez Emilson Cribari
21:50
Free Kick taken by Neil Alexander
22:29
Shot taken by Dean Shiels using his left foot from the left penalty area
22:42
Block taken by Paul McMullan
22:45
Corner taken by Dean Shiels using his left foot from the left byline to the far post
23:10
Shot taken by Lee McCulloch using his left foot from the left penalty area
23:39
Block taken by Jamie Duff
23:41
Rangers 1 - 1 Elgin City
GOAL scored by Dean Shiels with his right foot from the left penalty area to the bottom left of the goal.
24:41
Foul on Craig Gunn
24:49
Free Kick taken by Daniel Moore
25:28
Shot taken by Daniel Moore using his left foot
25:47
Goal Kick taken by Neil Alexander
26:02
Foul on Mark Nicolson
26:10
Free Kick taken by Sean Crighton
26:42
Foul on Paul McMullan
26:54
Free Kick taken by Daniel Moore from the left wing
27:11
Cross from Daniel Moore
27:16
Shot taken by Mark Nicolson from the right penalty area
28:11
Shot taken by David Templeton with his right foot from the left penalty area
28:11
Rangers 2 - 1 Elgin City
GOAL scored by David Templeton with his right foot from the left penalty area going centre low of the goal.
30:06
Cross from Paul McMullan
30:13
Clearance by Lee Wallace
30:27
Cross from Craig Gunn
30:34
Clearance by Ross Perry
31:11
Shot taken by Andrew Little with his right foot from the right penalty area
31:24
Block taken by Paul McMullan
31:35
Shot taken by David Templeton with his right foot
31:50
Save made by John Gibson
31:55
Corner taken by Ian Black with his right foot from the right byline to the far post
32:13
Foul on Ross Perry
32:22
Free Kick taken by Lewis Macleod from the right wing
32:34
Foul on David Templeton
32:39
Free Kick taken by Ian Black from the left wing
33:05
Cross from Ian Black
33:13
Save made by John Gibson
34:24
Cross from Lee Wallace
34:31
Clearance by Jamie Duff
35:41
Shot taken by Dean Shiels using his left foot
35:55
Save made by John Gibson
35:58
Foul on Ian Black
36:07
BOOKING: David Niven of Elgin City given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
36:27
Free Kick taken by Sanchez Emilson Cribari
37:16
Shot taken by Andrew Little using his left foot from the left penalty area
37:32
Block taken by Jamie Duff
38:20
Foul on Daniel Moore
38:26
Free Kick taken by Daniel Moore
39:24
Cross from Daniel Moore
39:30
Clearance by Lee Wallace
39:35
Foul on Craig Gunn
39:49
BOOKING: Ian Black of Rangers given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
40:01
Free Kick taken by Mark Nicolson
40:18
Shot taken by Daniel Moore using his left foot
40:28
Block taken by Lee McCulloch
41:20
Shot taken by Lee McCulloch with his right foot from the right penalty area
41:33
Save made by John Gibson
41:37
Corner taken by Ian Black with his right foot from the right byline to the far post
41:50
Shot taken by Andrew Little from the right penalty area
42:02
Goal Kick taken by John Gibson
43:13
Cross from Daniel Moore
43:21
Block taken by Sanchez Emilson Cribari
43:23
Foul on Mark Nicolson
43:27
Free Kick taken by Craig Gunn
44:02
Shot taken by Craig Gunn with his right foot
44:30
Foul on Lee McCulloch
44:36
Free Kick taken by Lee Wallace
45:00+0:48
Goal Kick taken by John Gibson
45:00+1:20
Shot taken by Lee McCulloch using his left foot from the left penalty area
45:00+1:20
Rangers 3 - 1 Elgin City
GOAL scored by Lee McCulloch using his left foot from the left penalty area going centre low of the goal.
Half Time
Rangers 3 - 1 Elgin City
Second Half Started
Rangers 3 - 1 Elgin City
46:32
Shot taken by David Templeton with his right foot
46:48
Save made by John Gibson
46:53
Offside flag raised against Craig Gunn
46:55
Free Kick taken by Ross Perry
47:15
Cross from David Templeton
47:27
Block taken by Brian Cameron
47:30
Corner taken by Dean Shiels with his right foot from the left byline to the near post
47:44
Clearance by Daniel Moore
48:02
Shot taken by David Templeton with his right foot from the left penalty area
48:02
Rangers 4 - 1 Elgin City
GOAL scored by David Templeton with his right foot from the left penalty area to the bottom left of the goal.
50:03
Foul on Andrew Little
50:07
Free Kick taken by Anestis Argyriou from the right wing
50:37
Shot taken by Dean Shiels with his right foot from the left penalty area
50:47
Save made by John Gibson
50:52
Corner taken by Ian Black with his right foot from the right byline to the near post
51:22
Shot taken by Sanchez Emilson Cribari from the right penalty area
51:31
Save made by John Gibson
51:41
Offside flag raised against Dean Shiels
51:42
Free Kick taken by Sean Crighton
51:58
Foul on Andrew Little
52:03
Free Kick taken by Ian Black
53:32
Corner taken by Daniel Moore using his left foot from the right byline to the far post
54:02
Foul on Lee Wallace
54:11
Free Kick taken by Neil Alexander
54:43
Shot taken by Dean Shiels with his right foot from the right penalty area
54:57
Block taken by Jamie Duff
54:59
Corner taken by Ian Black with his right foot from the right byline to the far post
55:31
Goal Kick taken by John Gibson
55:58
Shot taken by Lee Wallace with his right foot from the right penalty area
56:16
Goal Kick taken by John Gibson
56:46
Offside flag raised against Lee McCulloch
56:57
Free Kick taken by John Gibson
57:53
Cross from Dean Shiels
58:01
Save made by John Gibson
58:14
Foul on Lewis Macleod
58:18
Free Kick taken by Ian Black
58:34
Shot taken by Lee McCulloch with his right foot from the right penalty area
58:34
Rangers 5 - 1 Elgin City
GOAL scored by Lee McCulloch with his right foot from the right penalty area to the bottom left of the goal.
60:16
Cross from David Templeton
60:27
Goal Kick taken by John Gibson
61:31
Cross from Andrew Little
61:37
Clearance by Jamie Duff
61:51
Substitution for Rangers: Barrie McKay on for Andrew Little
63:00
Foul on Craig Gunn
63:05
Free Kick taken by David Niven
64:02
Cross from Barrie McKay
64:06
Clearance by Jamie Duff
65:37
Foul on Brian Cameron
65:50
Substitution for Rangers: Sebastien Faure on for Ian Black
66:16
Free Kick taken by David Niven
66:51
Shot taken by David Templeton with his right foot
67:02
Save made by John Gibson
68:20
Shot taken by Barrie McKay using his left foot from the right penalty area
68:39
Goal Kick taken by John Gibson
68:55
Cross from Daniel Moore
69:01
Clearance by Sanchez Emilson Cribari
69:09
Shot taken by Craig Gunn with his right foot from the right penalty area
70:01
Cross from Anestis Argyriou
70:08
Shot taken by Lee McCulloch with his right foot from the left penalty area
70:31
Goal Kick taken by John Gibson
70:36
Foul on Dennis Wyness
70:42
Free Kick taken by Daniel Moore
70:57
Cross from Daniel Moore
71:12
Shot taken by Stuart Leslie from the right penalty area
71:26
Goal Kick taken by Neil Alexander
71:45
Corner taken by Dean Shiels with his right foot from the left byline short of the target
72:05
Cross from Lee Wallace
72:10
Clearance by Jamie Duff
72:19
Shot taken by David Templeton with his right foot from the left penalty area
72:30
Block taken by David Niven
72:33
Corner taken by Ross Perry using his left foot from the left byline to the near post
72:50
Clearance by Jamie Duff
73:04
Cross from Dean Shiels
73:11
Save made by John Gibson
73:48
Foul on Daniel Moore
73:59
Substitution for Elgin City: Paul Millar on for Dennis Wyness
74:21
Free Kick taken by Mark Nicolson from the left wing
74:50
Shot taken by Lee McCulloch using his left foot from the right penalty area
75:01
Goal Kick taken by John Gibson
75:06
Substitution for Rangers: Kevin Kyle on for David Templeton
77:29
Foul on Craig Gunn
77:41
Free Kick taken by David Niven
78:33
Cross from Ross O'Donoghue
78:39
Save made by Neil Alexander
78:48
Shot taken by Barrie McKay with his right foot from the right penalty area
79:04
Block taken by Craig Gunn
79:35
Foul on Dean Shiels
79:44
Free Kick taken by Dean Shiels from the left wing
80:07
Shot taken by Ross Perry with his right foot
80:20
Substitution for Elgin City: Graeme Beveridge on for Craig Gunn
80:41
Goal Kick taken by John Gibson
84:06
Cross from Lee Wallace
84:11
Clearance by Mark Nicolson
84:38
Cross from Lee Wallace
84:44
Clearance by David Niven
84:48
Shot taken by Dean Shiels with his right foot
85:02
Block taken by David Niven
85:15
Hand Ball taken by Ross Perry
85:17
Free Kick taken by Daniel Moore
85:33
Corner taken by Daniel Moore using his left foot from the right byline to the far post
86:28
Shot taken by Barrie McKay with his right foot
86:38
Save made by John Gibson
87:06
Cross from Lee Wallace
88:15
Offside flag raised against Stuart Leslie
88:16
Free Kick taken by Neil Alexander
88:57
Cross from Lee Wallace
89:02
Clearance by Sean Crighton
89:57
Goal Kick taken by John Gibson
90:00+0:41
Foul on Daniel Moore
90:00+0:47
Free Kick taken by Daniel Moore from the left wing
90:00+1:02
Cross from Daniel Moore
90:00+1:06
Save made by Neil Alexander
90:00+2:23
Cross from Graeme Beveridge
90:00+2:29
Shot taken by Graeme Beveridge with his right foot
90:00+2:42
Save made by Neil Alexander
Full Time
Rangers 5 - 1 Elgin City

Rangers

vs

Elgin City

5
Goals
1
5
Assists
1
31
Shots
8
17
On Target
3
14
Off Target
5
18
Crosses
13
10
Corners
4
18
Throw Ins
13
3
Saves
11
7
Clearances
13
2
Goal Kicks
16
2
Blocks
10
14
Free Kicks
17
2
Offside
3
1
Hand Balls
0
1
Yellow Cards
1

Rangers

Formation: 4-4-2

01.Neil Alexander
02.Anestis Argyriou
03.Sanchez Emilson Cribari
04.Ross Perry
05.Lee Wallace
06.Lee McCulloch
07.David Templeton 76+0' Tactical
08.Ian Black (40+0: Unsporting behaviour) 66+0' Tactical
10.Dean Shiels
11.Lewis Macleod
09.Andrew Little 62+0' Tactical

Substitutes

16.Scott Gallagher
12.Sebastien Faure 66+0' Tactical
15.Robert Crawford
14.Kevin Kyle 76+0' Tactical
17.Barrie McKay 62+0' Tactical

Elgin City

Formation: 4-5-1

01.John Gibson
03.Paul McMullan
04.Sean Crighton
05.Jamie Duff
06.David Niven (37+0: Unsporting behaviour)
08.Ross O'Donoghue
10.Mark Nicolson
02.Brian Cameron
07.Craig Gunn 81+0' Tactical
09.Dennis Wyness 74+0' Tactical
11.Daniel Moore

Substitutes

71.Stewart Black
14.Paul Millar 74+0' Tactical
15.Ceiran McLean
12.Graeme Beveridge 81+0' Tactical
16.Stuart Leslie

Sandaza worry for Gers

Rangers manager Ally McCoist is sweating over the fitness of Francisco Sandaza ahead of their Irn-Bru Third Division game against Elgin City.

The Spanish striker missed Thursday's Scottish Communities League Cup win over Falkirk with a calf strain and could be a doubt for Sunday's clash at Ibrox.

McCoist has no other injury or suspension worries ahead of the visit of the Third Division leaders.

McCoist said: "Elgin have been doing well and, according to one or two of the managers in the league, they've certainly got a front pairing who can hurt you and damage you.

"Although it's a home game for us and we would be expected to win it, we can't switch off at the back, that's for sure."

Elgin head to Ibrox for the first time ever on league business with former Ross County player Daniel Moore available after a two-game suspension.

Lewis Halford should shake off a knock to be included and Stuart Leslie is free of work commitments to give manager Ross Jack a full squad to choose from.

Jack was an interested spectator at Ibrox on Thursday night as Rangers defeated Falkirk 3-0 and he said: "The team that played that game went about their job very well indeed, although with all the talk of new signings I am not sure who we will be facing.

"It is a huge game for us and like the rest of the Third Division clubs so far I want our players to do themselves justice."

Shots

Saves

Yellow Cards

As it stood

PosTeam Pld GD Pts
1 Peterhead 4 5 10
2 Clyde 4 1 9
3 Up Rangers 4 8 8
4 Queen's Park 4 2 7
5 Down Elgin City 4 1 7
6 Berwick Rangers 4 2 5
7 Annan Athletic 4 -4 4
8 Stirling Albion 4 0 3
9 Montrose 4 -3 2
10 East Stirlingshire 4 -12 0

Updated 2/09/2012 at 18:27

 
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