Daniel Moore (18 mins)
Mark Nicolson (32 mins)
Andrew Little (5 mins)
Andrew Little (24 mins)
Lee McCulloch (41 mins)
Lee McCulloch (60 mins)
Lewis Macleod (64 mins)
Kyle Hutton (83 mins)
The Irn-Bru Scottish Football League Championship Third
, Dec 22, 2012
Ground: Borough Briggs , Kickoff: 12:30 , Att 3,448
Captain back for historic clash Elgin City welcome back skipper David Niven from a one-game ban as they host Rangers for the first time in their history, a match that was re-arranged following last month's ticketing fiasco.
The Borough Briggs side have a major doubt over defender Jamie Duff who suffered a knee injury against Queen's Park last Saturday and having not trained this week manager Ross Jack rates his chances of facing the League leaders as 'slim.' Jack said: "We are going into the game on the back of a nine-game unbeaten run and I cannot ask for any more than that.
"Rangers have started to pick up wins away from home but we have hope that we can score against them and if we can score then we can win." Rangers are boosted by the return of Emilson Cribari and Sebastien Faure.
Cribari (calf) and Faure (hernia) have both recovered from their respective injuries and come into contention for the lunchtime encounter at Borough Briggs.
Elgin vs Rangers
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Duo bag braces as Rangers romp Andy Little and Lee McCulloch helped themselves to two goals each as Rangers thrashed Elgin 6-2 and moved nine points clear with a game in hand at the top of the Irn-Bru Third Division.
Lewis Macleod and Kyle Hutton also claimed a goal apiece against Elgin, while Daniel Moore and Mark Nicolson found the net for the home side in an entertaining top-of-the-table tussle at Borough Briggs.
The clash between the two clubs should have been played on November 25 but was postponed then after Elgin sold too many tickets.
The blunder earned the Moray outfit a #25,000 fine from the Scottish Football League, while chairman Graham Tatters was fined #1,000 by the Scottish Football Association earlier this week.
With the fixture finally under way, Rangers were clearly keen to make up for lost time and took the lead after five minutes.
Little collected a neat pass through the middle from David Templeton before rounding goalkeeper John Gibson and slotting into the back of the net.
Elgin were back on level terms with 17 minutes on the clock when the ball broke for Moore and he sent an impressive curling effort past the reach of Neil Alexander.
Rangers restored their lead after 24 minutes when Little grabbed his second of the day.
Templeton was again the provider with the cut-back and all that was required was a simple tap-in from the Northern Ireland international.
Again, the home side responded positively with a goal of their own.
Chris Hegarty was booked for a foul on David Niven on the edge of the box and Nicolson dispatched a superb swerving free-kick into the top corner with 32 minutes gone.
Elgin could have added to their tally when Brian Cameron unleashed a decent strike but Alexander was able to smother.
Instead, it was Rangers who had the net bulging again four minues before the break.
Little collected from Hutton before supplying the cross for McCulloch to lash home in off the crossbar.
Rangers made a change at the break when Anestis Argyriou was replaced by Ross Perry.
Elgin looked dangerous after the restart and Craig Gunn squandered the chance to find the net when he blasted over after Alexander spilled the ball.
McCulloch - back in a forward role after a recent spell in defence - was on target again when he raced onto a Templeton ball and fired across the goalkeeper into the bottom corner after 60 minutes.
Macleod added his name to the scoresheet four minutes later with a powerful, low strike from just inside the box.
Rangers threw Robbie Crawford into the action for Templeton and the youngster almost claimed a goal of his own within a couple of minutes when he forced Gibson into a great save.
|Player rating out of ten||Player name||Substitution||Did they score?||Player's disciplinary record||Rating|
|7||Craig Gunn(sub 78)|
|3||Paul Harkins(sub 83)|
|2||Dennis Wyness(sub 69)|
|12||Paul McMullan(sub 83)|
|14||Graeme Beveridge(sub 69)|
|15||Paul Millar(sub 78)|
|Player rating out of ten||Player name||Did they score?||Player's disciplinary record||Substitution||Rating|
|2||Anestis Argyriou(sub 45)|
|4||Sanchez Emilson Cribari|
|10||Lewis Macleod(sub 78)|
|9||David Templeton(sub 69)|
|14||Francesco Stella(sub 78)|
|15||Robert Crawford(sub 69)|
|16||Ross Perry(sub 45)|