East Stirling 2 Rangers 4: Templeton hits a brace as Gers move to the 80-point mark

By Lisa Gray, Press Association


David Templeton netted a double as Rangers claimed a 4-2 win over 10 man East Stirling in their final away game in the Irn-Bru Third Division.

Robbie Crawford and Ian Black were also on the scoresheet for the champions, while Paul Quinn grabbed a brace for the home side who put up a decent fight.

Rangers made three changes from last week's defeat to Peterhead for the game at East Stirling.
Lee Wallace was injured, Chris Hegarty missed out through illness and Fraser Aird dropped to the bench for the clash at Ochilview.

On target: Rangers' David Templeton celebrates his first goal with Ian Black

On target: Rangers' David Templeton celebrates his first goal with Ian Black

Match facts

East Stirling: Hay, Jackson, Miller, Moffat, Maxwell, Greenhill, MacGregor (Glasgow 75), Hunter, Wright, Turner, Quinn. Subs not used: Gordon, Gillespie, Benton, Jack Hamilton.

Sent off: Turner (30).

Booked: Quinn, Greenhill, Hunter.

Goals: Quinn 22 pen, 50.

Rangers: Alexander, Mitchell, Emilson Cribari, Hutton (Smith 81), Faure, Black, McCulloch, Crawford, Templeton, Little (Stoney 73), Naismith (Gasparotto 54). Subs not used: Aird,Murdoch.

Booked: Mitchell, Hutton.

Goals: Crawford 6, Templeton 45, Black 65, Templeton 79.

Attendance: 2,805.

Referee: Barry Cook.

Emilson Cribari returned after a knock and Kal Naismith and Crawford also started.

The match was just six minutes old when Rangers surged into the lead.

Andy Little delivered a tempting cross from the right and Crawford was in the perfect position to rifle home.

At the other end, Steven Jackson embarked on an impressive pacey run from his own half only to fire just past the upright from the edge of the area.

The Shire were back on level terms after 21 minutes when referee Barry Cook pointed to the spot after ruling Kevin Turner was felled by a combination of Cribari and Andy Mitchell.

Quinn stepped up to convert his third penalty against Rangers this season to haul the home side level.

However, the Shire were dealt a blow on the half-hour mark when Turner was shown a straight red card for a challenge on Black.

The midfielder required treatment but recovered to tee up the shot for Naismith only for the young forward to blaze over.

It was Templeton who had the net bulging on the stroke of half time when he brushed himself off after being fouled just outside the box and sent a superb curling free-kick beyond goalkeeper Grant Hay.

Marching orders: Referee Barry Cook sent off East Stirling's Kevin Turner for a tackle on Ian Black

Marching orders: Referee Barry Cook sent off East Stirling's Kevin Turner for a tackle on Ian Black

East Stirling equalised five minutes after the restart when Quinn connected with a cross from the right and sent a bullet header past Neil Alexander.

Rangers then claimed a Templeton ball was handled in the box by Ricky Miller but there was no spot-kick award.

The visitors did manage to edge in front again on 65 minutes when Black ran onto Little's pass and dispatched an angled drive into the far bottom corner.

There appeared to be no way back for the Shire when Templeton grabbed his second of the day with 11 minutes to go.

Substitute Daniel Stoney provided a decent ball across the face of goal, which was missed by Lee McCulloch, and Templeton did well to get on the end of it and lash home at the back post.

There was then a competitive debut for youngster Andy Murdoch late on with the points now in the bag for Rangers.

All smiles: Gers boss Ally McCoist enjoys a laugh on the sidelines

All smiles: Gers boss Ally McCoist enjoys a laugh on the sidelines



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Tony fae Paisley - if Rangers are dead why do you bother continually commenting? Surely if they're dead then there isn't anything else left to say? On the flip side if they're a new club then why do you continually comment on them? If they're a new club surely they have no rivalry with anyone? Personally I don't see the need for you to continually comment on virtually every single Rangers related article with your repetitive spiel. If you believe Rangers died then fine, you're entitled to your opinion, but just remember everybody who believes they are the same club (different company however) are entitled to theirs too. If you're a Celtic fan why not do what is probably best all round and focus on your own club's fortunes? All you're doing here is peddling the accusation that Celtic fans are more obsessed with Rangers than their own club.

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But that's the thing St. Tony, if they didn't "die" what would bitter trolls like you have to live for? You're a sad wee individual whose sole reason for living is to trot out your fantasies of the big bad Rangers/establishment/masons subjugating the poor wee hard done by Sellick victims - or as some prefer to call them - losers. I'd urge you to get a life and move on Tony but your continued hysterical rantings on all things Rangers is just too entertaining for those of us living in reality. Keep biting Tony we're loving the "banter".....guffaw!

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@Growlytiger. ''We all know that they had to change their name to be a PLC or whatever it is, fair enough - but they are still not the original. It still makes them only 19 years old with 9 titles.'' --->Yip. I was right. You haven't a clue. Go to the Companies House website, go to find info and type in, SC003487. There you will find that CelticFC changed the companie's name in 1994. As you will see, the date of formation and incorporation are still 1888 and 1897. Therefore, same company=same club. It's not hard to understand. Now check out SC004276. See what it says. LIQUIDATED. That's yer oul club. Now check out your new one; SC425159. Check the date of formation. Read it and weep.------Boring Tony?? Am I only boring when I'm right and you can't accept it??? Get it into your nappers; WE WON!!!!! And the very, very, very, best part is your club didn't need to die! That's the cherry right there.

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as usual the sellick trolls are out in force commenting on a club they say does not matter to them,what a load of rubbish,as long as glasgow rangers fc exist they will always make derogotory stories,maybe they should comment on how from a winning position they lost to motherwell,lol as for you ged you are a pathetic nobody.

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I see Saint Tony, patron saint of the eternally boring, has popped up again trotting out his usual Sevco guff. I'm intrigued St. Tony, do you refer to Aldershot FC as Aldershot Town because the name is similar to a club that went bust? Thought not. Too obsessed with The Rangers. What a tragic case St Tony is.

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@Tony We all know that they had to change their name to be a PLC or whatever it is, fair enough - but they are still not the original. It still makes them only 19 years old with 9 titles.

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@Growlytiger. Why would you call Celtic that? Do you even know what it is or how it came about? My gut instinct you haven't a clue what you're talking about. The difference is that there is a club called SevcoFC who changed their name, but I like the original better. Why would you want to call your club a name that has connotations to a club that died in ignominy?

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"Celtic (or should it be 'The Celtic'?) fans choose to ignore reality and base their argument on what they read on 'Celtic Quick News' or whatever.- Gordon, Airdrie, 28/4/2013 17:30" - Just call them Pacific Shelf 595

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Lots of comments about "The Rangers" but not so many about the actual subject of the article, I.e. The match report. When will the parkshed dwellers move on? Judging by their compulsive obsession with Rangers, sorry - The Rangers, it seems never. And, rather hilariously, because they just can't come to terms with that obsession they are genuinely unwitting figures of fun for the rest of the footballing fans' fraternity.

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Gordon, good example mate... The verve are also dead! P.s uefa have never commented and fifa say rangers went bust and are now zombies so lets stick to facts rather than fantasy

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