Annan Athletic beaten 3-1 by Rangers

Galabank Stadium
Annan's Galabank Stadium Photo: ITV Border

Annan Athletic couldn't pull off a shock against the mighty Glasgow Rangers at Galabank.

Annan's ground was sold out for just the second time in its history and with the 2,500 fans watching in the ground, many more were watching it live on the sports channel ESPN.

It's the first time a live match has been filmed there.

Last time Glasgow Rangers came in September they were held to a 0-0 draw but despite battling hard for 90 minutes, this time Annan couldn't gain the upper hand.

Rangers struck first with what looked like a cross but David Templeton's effort found its way into the net.

But 10 minutes later, Annan hit back when 20-year-old Alistair Love - in his first season at Galabank - scored with an almost identical goal.

In the second half and Ally McCoist's team talk had the effect of galvanising his Rangers team while Annan's part-timers seemed to tire.

After 62 minutes, Robbie Crawford stole in unmarked to tuck in Rangers' second goal and that was followed by an outrageous bit of fortune as Templeton's effort took a wicked deflection to loop into the net.

The final score of 1-3 showed the gulf in the two teams.

It leaves Annan Athletic 7th in the Scottish third division with three defeats in the past five games.

Rangers are now 17 points clear at the top of the Scottish third division and looking like they will clinch promotion well before the end of the season.

Caretaker manager Euan Brydson said his players had fought hard and added he thinks that the team had turned a corner after poor performances in December.

It was a disappointing result but we can take positives out of it. We played well and showed great spirit.

– Annan Athletic caretaker manager Euan Brydson

Brydson - who was number two before Harry Cairney resigned after a six-year spell as Annan boss - has put his name forward to take over the manager's job at Annan permanently.

The deadline for candidates to come forward is this Friday after which the club are expected to make an appointment.