It could easily have been a win

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MONTROSE held recently crowned Third Division champions Rangers to a draw on Saturday, but it could as easily have been a victory, writes Sarah McLean.

The Gable Endies matched Ally McCoist’s side for much of the game and had more than a few good chances to take the lead.

However, the scoreline still read 0-0 when referee Kevin Clancy blew the final whistle.

Montrose boss Stuart Garden said: “I think the boys did really well, I’m really happy with them.

“I think we had better chances throughout the game.

“For the first 20 minutes Rangers were the better side but then I think we were on top after that.”

The Gable Endies have taken a point from each of their last two league games against the Ibrox side but a Martin Boyle goal could have seen a victory.

The referee disallowed the goal and awarded a free kick to the confusion of many of the over 4,000 strong crowd.

Garden said: “That was never ever a foul. At the time when I saw it I thought it was a maybe but after watching back on TV afterwards I’m sure it was never a foul.”

Montrose will be at home again this Saturday when they host seventh in the table side Stirling Albion.

Greig McDonald’s side have had a good run over their last three games and have recorded a 1-0 win against Berwick Rangers, a 0-0 draw against Rangers and a 9-1 win over East Stirlingshire.

But Garden is confident that Montrose will do a good job against them, he said: “It will be a hard game for us. They have been on a good run for the past two or three months but we should be positive and hopefully we can take a good result on the day.”

Saturday will the Gable Endies second last home game of the league season and their next game at Links Park will be against Queen’s Park on Saturday, Aprill 27.

Montrose’s last game will be against Annan Athletic with an earlier kick-off time of 12.45pm. This is to accommodate the fact Rangers’ last game against Berwick Rangers will be broadcast on Sky Sports and all games on the last day of the season must kick-off at the same time.

Meanwhile, this week Garden has secured Garry Wood, Lloyd Young and Jonathan Crawford for next season.

Alan Campbell, Terry Masson, Stephen McNally, David Gray, Paul Watson and Jamie Winter all put pen to paper last week.