• Date: Sat 11 August 2012
  • Kick-off: 12:45
  • Venue: Balmoor Stadium

Peterhead vs Rangers

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Gers wait for Cribari clearance

Rangers are still awaiting international clearance for new signing Emilson Cribari ahead of their first Irn-Bru Third Division game at Peterhead.

The Brazilian completed his move to Ibrox earlier this week, and missed Tuesday's Scottish Communities League Cup win over East Fife, but will travel with the rest of the squad to Aberdeenshire.

Defender Ross Perry remains sidelined with a calf injury, while manager Ally McCoist confirmed that Alejandro Bedoya has left the club to join Swedish side Helsingborg, who will face Celtic in the Champions League play-off round.

Speaking about Rangers' first ever non top-flight league match, McCoist said: "I'm really, really excited about the whole thing. In the last week or so, I've felt a feel-good factor around the team and the club, the fans and the support.

"We're all looking forward to the game. It's important we send out the right message. The fact we're travelling on Friday afternoon would indicate we're treating everybody in this league with the utmost respect. That is what they deserve."

Davie Ross is the only absentee for Peterhead as he continues to recover from a broken collarbone.

Defender Scott Ross is fit again after injury, with everyone else in manager Jim McInally's squad available.

The Balmoor men took SPL side Dundee to penalties in their last outing and they will have to produce an even better performance to get some points on board from their opening league game.

McInally said: "We competed really well against Dundee and could have sneaked something but that one ended goalless and we need to play even better in this game.

"The players will be told to ensure they compete and not let the game pass them by."

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