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Rangers vs Berwick Rangers (SFL 3rd) 04/05/2013 KO 12:45 BST


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Tomorrow Rangers take on Berwick in the final league match of the season. Berwick currently sit fourth in the table, having lost four and won six of their last ten games. Back in January, Rangers won the previous meeting with Berwick at Ibrox 4-2 thanks to goals from David Templeton and an Andy Little hattrick

 

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Perfect Timing For Lewis

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LEWIS MACLEOD is desperate to play his part in tomorrow’s clash with Berwick Rangers before lifting the first senior trophy of his career.

The 18-year-old has been sidelined by a knee injury since late January but is on course to play a part in front of a sold-out Ibrox on Saturday.

He’d love to be involved either from the start or off the bench in the final outing of the season ahead of what he says will be a special moment when the trophy is handed over.

Macleod said: “I’ve been training for the last two weeks so hopefully I’ll get a bit of the game, whether I start or come on we’ll see.

“When I got injured I was looking to get back for the last couple of games of the season but that wasn’t to be so I’d be delighted to be involved in the last game.

“Lifting the trophy will be a huge weight lifted off our shoulders after the year we've had.

“It’s been a really tough year for most of us so we’ll be delighted to eventually lift it. It’s a very young team so there has been added pressure because of that.

“For the majority of the team it’s our first league title win so I think we’ll be celebrating like any other year.

“The senior players have said right from the start to take every moment and grasp it and we’ll be doing that.â€

Macleod admits it has been a testing season and that is all the more reason to celebrate the success that came in his first season as a first team player.

He added: “It’s been up and down I can say that. There have been some high points like beating Motherwell and also some low points.

“There have been more of those than we would have liked but we’ve got there in the end and that’s how we have to look at it.

“We quickly realised that it wouldn’t be like that in the first couple of games and especially away from home we struggled at the start of the season.

“As we got used to the pitches and the players and the teams we got more used to what the league was like.â€

 

 

And a few words about the Rangers fans

 

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RANGERS fans will pack out Ibrox for Saturday's title party with the stadium having been sold out four days ahead of the game.

Throughout the season the club's support has backed the Light Blues in huge numbers both at Ibrox and on the road.

Records have been shattered as fans travelled across the country in their thousands to follow the first stage of the club's journey back to the top flight.

 

 

 

 

 

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LEWIS MACLEOD is back in Ally McCoist’s starting eleven as Rangers look to finish their title-winning SFL3 campaign with a victory over Berwick.

The club’s Young Player of the Year has been out of action for over three months but has fully recovered from a knee ligament injury and will be thrilled to be involved after his lengthy lay off.

In total the manager has made three changes to the side that beat East Stirlingshire 4-2 at Ochilview Park last weekend with Macleod and Fraser Aird replacing Kal Naismith and Robbie Crawford in midfield while Luca Gasparotto has been handed his first start with Emilson Cribari out.

In goals ever-present keeper Neil Alexander will make his 47th appearance in all competitions and in front of him will be a back four consisting of Seb Faure, Gasparotto, Lee McCulloch and Andy Mitchell.

A midfield five consists of David Templeton and Fraser Aird on the right and left flanks with Macleod joining Kyle Hutton and Black in the centre.

They will be asked to provide plenty of service and support for Andy Little in attack with the Ulsterman looking to add to the 25 goals he has scored in 2012/13 with 22 of them coming in the league.

On the bench McCoist has listed under-17 Glasgow Cup winning keeper Liam Kelly and he is joined by Darren Cole, Kane Hemmings, Naismith and Crawford.

Rangers: Alexander; Faure, Gasparotto, McCulloch, Mitchell; Templeton, Black, Hutton, Macleod, Aird; Little
Subs: Kelly, Crawford, Naismith, Hemmings, Cole

Referee: John McKendrick

 

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Rangers 1-0 Berwick Rangers

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RANGERS completed their historic campaign in SFL3 with a 1-0 victory over Ian Little’s Berwick on a memorable day at Ibrox Stadium.

A Fraser Aird header in the first half gave the Light Blues their 25th win of the season but the result was almost irrelevant as 50,048 – a world record for a fourth tier league fixture – created a party atmosphere on the day the Third Division trophy will be held aloft.

The four stands were decked in red, white and blue before kick-off with supporters belting out ‘Simply The Best’ and ‘Penny Arcade’ as the Champions appeared from the Main Stand tunnel.

And like the East Stirlingshire players at Ochilview last weekend the Berwick squad created a guard of honour as proud skipper Lee McCulloch led his team out with his son as a mascot.

Ibrox was bouncing as both sets of players waited for John McKendrick’s first whistle with Lewis Macleod desperate for the action to begin after his recent injury lay off while Luca Gasparotto made his first start at senior level.

Rangers enjoyed plenty of possession in the early stages of the game with Ian Black composed in the middle of the park and David Templeton clearly in the mood on the left wing.

Goalscoring opportunities were few and far between though and it was not until the 16th minute that the Light Blues had an opportunity to test keeper Mark McCallum after Templeton had been fouled 20 yards from goal.

Having scored from a similar distance against the Shire, Temps stepped up again but his effort was too high and finished up in the Broomloan Stand.

Two minutes later and another free-kick was awarded at the other end of the pitch and Kevin McDonald’s powerful low drive was straight at Neil Alexander who made his first save of the afternoon.

After a sunny morning the clouds had now gathered over Ibrox and a cold wind was blowing through the stadium but the atmosphere was red hot with the Union Bears and Blue Order in great form as usual.

All that was missing was a goal and on 31 minutes it arrived. Aird made a great run into the box and his glancing header from Kyle Hutton’s teasing delivery flew past McCallum who was helpless.

It was Aird’s third goal of the season and his first in front of the Ibrox faithful.

On 36 minutes Ally McCoist was forced to change his team with Darren Cole going on for Andy Little. It was Cole’s first outing after ankle surgery and his fourth appearance of the season.

The switch meant Lee McCulloch moved into attack with Cole slotting in at right back and Faure joining Gasparotto in the heart of defence.

Rangers were unable to add to their advantage before the half-time interval but there was more for fans to cheer about at the break with the club’s under-17s parading the Glasgow Cup before Richard Gough and Lorenzo Amoruso, back for Monday’s Legends game against Manchester United, conducted the Rising Stars draw.

Into the second half and on 52 minutes Berwick came close to levelling the score, Right back Deren Jacobs’ excellent cross found Scott Dalziel and his header was well saved by Alexander who dived to his right to turn the ball around the post.

Both Ally McCoist and Kenny McDowall were now in the technical players urging their players up the park and they responded.

A 30-yard effort from man of the match Andy Mitchell whizzed past the post and on 64 minutes before a shot from Macleod trickled past the post after the youngster had linked up well with Templeton.

Rangers continued to push forward but despite introducing Kane Hemmings and Robbie Crawford they were unable beat McCallum for a second time.

On 76 minutes Hemmings came closest when he fired a shot over the bar from 12 yards but the scoreline at the final stayed at 1-0 with Aird’s goal proving decisive.

All that is left if for captain Lee McCulloch to lift the Third Division trophy! Post match reaction and photos to follow...

Rangers: Alexander; Faure, Gasparotto, McCulloch, Mitchell; Templeton, Black, Hutton, Macleod (Crawford 74), Aird (Hemmings 65); Little (Cole 36)
Subs: Kelly, Naismith
Bookings: McCulloch

Berwick Rangers: McCallum; Jacobs, Hoskins, Townsley, McLean, Gielty, Notman (Brydon 87), Janczyk, McLaren (Easton 63), Dalziel (Lavery 67), McDonald
Subs: McCaldon, Morris
Bookings: Townsley, Notman

Referee: John McKendrick

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Anyone know what this is about?

 

The club asked BBC journalists to leave the stadium ahead of today's Division Three title party against Berwick Rangers.

 

Rangers Director of Communications James Traynor said: "We are aware of our contractual obligations but we also have to be aware of our duty to protect the players, manager and supporters against reporting which lacks logic, balance and fairness."

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Anyone know what this is about?

 

The club asked BBC journalists to leave the stadium ahead of today's Division Three title party against Berwick Rangers.

 

Rangers Director of Communications James Traynor said: "We are aware of our contractual obligations but we also have to be aware of our duty to protect the players, manager and supporters against reporting which lacks logic, balance and fairness."

 

Yeah they ran with a dossier stating The Rangers backroom team was going to be sacked.

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/22402871

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/22400088

 

 

BBC Scotland has continually lied about Rangers over the past 18 months or so

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