Ready for Rangers!

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MONTROSE FC are ready for Rangers as they prepare to host the Ibrox side at Links Park this Saturday, writes Sarah McLean.

With the ticket allocation almost completely sold out, around 4,934 fans will pack into Links Park at lunchtime for the highly anticipated Third Division league match.

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Montrose are currently sitting fourth in the Third Division with Rangers in lead with 24 points to the Gable Endies 22.

With two games in a hand a win for Rangers could see them hit the 30 point mark and pull further away at the top of the table.

But a victory for Montrose could see them leapfrog Queen’s Park and enter the third place position for the second time this season.

The home side were hoping to have a final chance to extend their unbeaten run to eight games on Saturday but their away fixture to East Stirlingshire was postponed due to a frozen pitch.

The Gable Endies have been unbeaten at home since the unfortunate 3-1 result against Edinburgh City in the third round of the Scottish Cup and are hoping that will continue.

Derek Sim, Montrose FC chairman, said: “Obviously we are very much looking forward to Rangers coming to Links Park and I’m sure it will be a great day.

“We will do our best to ensure they leave Links Park with no points but I am sure Rangers will also be looking to maintain their unbeaten record.”

Safety officer Hugh Thomson, alongside Montrose FC vice-chairman John Crawford and the rest of the safety team, have put in a lot of hard work to accommodate a higher capacity crowd.

With Links Park usually capable of holding 3,330 fans, a licence was granted to the club to take that number to 4,934 for Rangers coming to town.

Mr Sim said: “In addition to new crowd barriers we have renewed the exit gates and fencing.

“Links Park has been tidied up all to ensure good safety which will benefit both Montrose and Rangers fans.”

The ESPN coverage of the game will also be the first time Montrose FC have had television coverage at Links Park.

Cameras are already in place at Links Park and the production team will arrive on Friday to put the final touches in place before kick-off on Saturday.

Coverage will begin at 12 noon on Saturday ahead of the 12.30 p.m kick off.