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Montrose 0-0 Rangers: Match Report

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30 Mar 2013 15:01:31

Montrose 0-0 Rangers: Match Report

Montrose 0-0 Rangers: Match Report - view commentary, squad, and statistics of the game as it happened.


Gers await title fate

Rangers will have to wait to see if their uninspiring goalless draw with Montrose is enough to secure the Irn-Bru Third Division title.

The Light Blues could not find the goal to secure victory on a day when their opponents had a goal disallowed.

But defeat for nearest rivals Queen's Park against Elgin City at Hampden would see Ally McCoist's men crowned champions.

Rangers made two changes following last week's drab stalemate against Stirling at Ibrox for the clash at Montrose.

David Templeton and Ian Black returned from injury and suspension respectively to start, with Barrie McKay and Fraser Aird dropping to the bench.

Rangers were handed a tough match the last time they visited Links Park in December, leaving with a hard-fought 4-2 win.

This time around, they started sharply with efforts from Robbie Crawford and Lee McCulloch blocked in quick succession, before Kyle Hutton eventually rifled wide.

Templeton tested the goalkeeper when he collected a Kane Hemmings header before unleashing an impressive half volley that stung the palms of John Gibson.

The winger was threatening again when he cut inside from the left before having another crack at goal but Stephen McNally blocked for a corner.

Templeton then turned provider for Lee Wallace and his effort was touched onto the bar by the keeper, as Rangers kept up the pressure.

At the other end, a Paul Watson strike from distance took a massive deflection and spun just past the upright.

Bolstered by the chance, the home side carved out another couple of decent opportunities.

David Gray - who has netted home and away against Gers this season - forced a save from Neil Alexander, before Alan Campbell glanced a header inches wide.

Montrose should have taken the lead through Martin Boyle but his back post header was off target when he should have had the net bulging.

The home side picked up where they left off in the second half when Gray pounced on a poor clearance from Emilson Cribari and lashed narrowly over the crossbar a minute after the restart.

Rangers had a good chance of their own when Wallace's cut-back found Hemmings and his shot forced a decent save from Gibson.

Montrose thought they had taken the lead when they had the ball in the net after 65 minutes.

Alexander fumbled an awkward cross that fell for Terry Masson. His shot was saved but the keeper could not hold that ball, which was turned into the empty net by Boyle.

But the goal was disallowed by referee Kevin Clancy for a foul on Alexander.

It looked to be a controversial decision and a let off for Rangers, who were under pressure again when Alexander was called into action to beat away a powerful strike from Jamie Winter.


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