Rangers 1 Annan Athletic 2: Dismay for McCoist after Chapman's side record famous victory at Ibrox 

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Goals from Ally Love and David Hopkirk gave Annan a stunning victory at Ibrox as Rangers, with the words of their chief executive and the boos of their fans ringing in their ears, suffered a first home league defeat of the season.

Andy Little pulled a goal back but it was a dismal day for the Third Division leaders.

After Charles Green's midweek statement that the current team is the worst in the club's history, the home players had a perfect opportunity to respond.

In a first half, facing a chilling wind, the home side failed to convince or warm their fans. And in the second half it only got worse.

Shock result: Rangers are still leading the Scottish Third Division a 17 point margin

Shock result: Rangers are still leading the Scottish Third Division a 17 point margin

Match facts:

Rangers: Alexander, Argyriou, Hegarty, Emilson Cribari, Wallace,
Little, Hutton, Black, Naismith (Sandaza 50), Shiels (McKay 35), McCulloch.

Subs: Gallagher, Faure, Crawford.

Booked: Black.

Goals: Little 59.

Annan Athletic: Mitchell, Chisholm, McNiff, Swinglehurst (Daly 90), McGowan, Murray (Sloan 67), Chaplain, Jardine, Love, Orsi (Black 81), Hopkirk.

Subs: Shepherd, Hawke.

Booked: Chisholm.

Goals: Love 48, Hopkirk 55.

Attendance: 34,441

Referee: John McKendrick

Rangers were keen to prove they were a better side that chief executive Green might think, but it took them 20 minutes to test the Annan goalkeeper. Anestis Argyriou's 20-yard drive had plenty of power but it was at the right height for Alex Mitchell to push the ball over the bar.

Then seven minutes later Little, eager to add to last week's double, skipped past Iain Chisholm on the left only to drive his shot beyond the goalkeeper and wide of the far post.

It was far from being a one-sided show though, and a few good runs and tempting passes from Hopkirk unsettled the Rangers defence and fans.

Rangers were forced into an early substitution after 32 minutes. Dean Shiels, in for the injured David Templeton, had his shot blocked by Chris Jardine, with Shiels' right knee taking the brunt of the challenge.

Barrie McKay took his place wide on the left but before he could do any damage the Rangers goal had a lucky escape.

Again Hopkirk was the provider but his perfect cutback for David Murray was wasted as he tamely scooped the ball into Neil Alexander's hands from eight yards.

Rangers should have headed for the dressing room a goal down.

Boo boys: Rangers were booed off at the final whistle after suffereing their first league defeat at home this season

Boo boys: Rangers were booed off at the final whistle after suffereing their first league defeat at home this season

Two minutes from the break Murray's shot took a wicked deflection off Emilson Cribari's outstretched leg and looked to be looping over Alexander until the goalkeeper recovered to squeeze the ball wide of his goal.

The home side were jeered off, but whatever manager Ally McCoist said in the dressing room it seemed to have no effect as two minutes into the second half Annan made the breakthrough.

Danny Orsi swept the ball in from the left and Love nudged the ball past Alexander to silence the home crowd.

Francisco Sandaza replaced Kal Naismith as Rangers chased the equaliser but the Galabank side incredibly doubled their lead after 54 minutes.

Worthy winners: Annan Athletic's Ian Chisholm slides in on Kal Naismith

Worthy winners: Annan Athletic's Ian Chisholm slides in on Kal Naismith

Murray sent a deep cross to the far post and Hopkirk bravely dived to head the ball low beyond Alexander.

Four minutes later McCoist's men reduced their arrears. McKay floated in the corner and although Sandaza's shot was heading towards a packed goal, Little headed it over the line for his 22nd goal of the season.

Then in the 64th minutes Rangers looked set to equalise when Lee Wallace cut the ball back to Lee McCulloch who could only watch his well-struck drive be blocked by Mitchell's legs.

The Annan goalkeeper was much more orthodox in the 76th minute when again denying McCulloch, rising to palm his 18-yard drive round the post.

Although Rangers pushed for the equaliser, Annan refused to simply defend in numbers. And as they continued to move the ball around with confidence the Galabank side held on for a deserved win.

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Oh dear, and their chairman wants then to be accepted into the English leagues. Maybe the Surrey Sunday League would have a vacancy for them,

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Can't even win in local league and they want to join the English league pub side lol

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Result of the day

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Didnt Adrian Durham say rangers were Scotland's 2nd best last week?

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Oh dear

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Plymouth Argyle > Rangers

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Apathy is setting in and that's just the players apart from lee mac.

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Boos from their fans? Surely not.

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And Green wants Rangers to play in the English league ! Starting in the Jewson Sunday league maybe . Celtic have lost loads of supporters recently, they are dying with laughter !

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Leagues won anyhow!

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