Mo’ ready for Ibrox

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MONTROSE FC are going into their away fixture at Ibrox on a high.

On Saturday they took away three points from not only their first league win of the season but also their first home win against Berwick since 1994.

Goals came from loan signing Leighton McIntosh (2) and a penalty from David Gray to ensure the 3-1 victory.

Montrose boss Stuart Garden said: “I’m delighted that we’ve got the first win. I think we’ve played better than that this season but I’m definitely happy with that result.

“They were all good goals and I think Leighton McIntosh and Garry Wood have linked up well the whole game, with the first goal Garry set up Leighton well and then vice versa for the penalty.

“The third goal was a great finish by Leighton and was set up well by Stephen McNally.”

Lee Wilkie, assistant manager, added: “The longer we went without winning, particularly considering how we have been playing, the more danger there was of it becoming a mental thing.

“We deserved the win, but we should have had a couple of wins under our belt before now.

“We lost a silly goal at the worst time, just before the break, but we showed the resilience required to get the next goal.

“We have lost two-goal leads a couple of times this season, but we managed to hold on this time.”

Now attention turns to Sunday when Montrose travel to Glasgow to face Rangers at Ibrox.

It will be an historic moment because the two clubs have rarely faced each other and never in a league game.

The two clubs met for the first time in 1925 for a Scottish Cup tie which Rangers won 2-0.

They met again in the Scottish Cup in 1930, but Montrose fared even less well suffering a 3-0 defeat.

The clubs did not clash again for over 40 years until a Scottish League Cup match at Hampden in 1975 when Rangers won 5-1.

They met in the Scottish League Cup in 1976 when in the first leg the Gable Endies were defeated 3-0 at home and 4-0 at Ibrox.

During the five games Rangers scored a total of 17 times, while Montrose have only netted a solitary goal.

Montrose and Rangers have never met since but with the former SPL side now in the Third Division this will be the first of four league meetings this season.

Garden said: “It will be a great game to go to and we didn’t expect it. If anyone said last season that Rangers would be in the third division this year you would have laughed it off.

“Obviously it’s a big occasion and hopefully we will perform like we have been performing all season.

“Some of the lads have played there before and myself and Lee Wilkie have both played there before so we will try and help the rest out as much as we can.”