Report: Berwick (a)
Sun 26.8.2012 / 12:00 PM
Rangers have drawn another away game in the third division much to the displeasure of manager Ally McCoist who said he was embarrassed with his team's performance and will be looking to bring in more new faces this week.
Berwick Rangers held Rangers to a 1-1 draw although in truth I should really be saying Rangers held Berwick Rangers to a 1-1 draw because Berwick were very unlucky not to get all three points. The Borderers came from behind to score a second half equaliser, and we're unlucky to have a perfectly good goal chopped off near the end.
Ally McCoist handed a debut to Greek defender Anestis Argyriou but played him at left-back rather than his preferred centre back. Ross Perry made his first appearance of the season and was also played in an unfamiliar position of right-back. Bocanegra was partnered in defence by Brazilian Cribari. Rangers were without the services of Kirk Broadfoot, Lee Wallace and Dean Shiels.
The game got off to a stormy start and Berwick were lucky not to be down to ten men as early as the second minute. Former Hibs youngster Currie took Ian Black out with a dangerous tackle and was lucky to escape with only a yellow card.
It was a glorious sunny day in Berwick-Upon-Tweed with perfect conditions for football but there wasn't much football played with Rangers relying on set-pieces. It was from a set-piece that Rangers got their goal, and to be fair it was a well worked set-piece. It came just before half-time. Ian Black crossed into the box for an unmarked Andy Little who finished well for yet another goal.
Berwick got a deserved equaliser in the 62nd minute from life long Rangers fan Fraser McLaren who had came on as a substitute three minutes earlier. It was a well taken goal after he had broken free from Cribari on the left hand side. Berwick had the ball in the net from a corner near the end but the goal was chopped off unfairly by the referee who saved Rangers further embarrassment.
The result leaves Rangers fourth in the league in the play-off positions, two points behind joint leaders Elgin and Peterhead, and a point behind Clyde. Rangers face leaders Elgin next week at Ibrox, the game is live on ESPN.