17 Aug 2012

Rangers to host East Stirling in opening weekend of SPL

1:03 pm on 17 August 2012

Fallen Scottish football giants Glasgow Rangers will face the harsh realities of slumming it in the third division when East Stirling, who finished rock bottom of the table last season, visit Ibrox to open the season this weekend.

Rangers, demoted to the lowest tier of the Scottish system following their collapse into liquidation, tackle humble East Stirling who played their home games in front of an average crowd of just 320 in the last campaign.

The club, which hasn't collected a senior trophy since 1932, arrive at the 50 thousand-capacity Ibrox to face a Rangers side whose new life started with an embarrassing 2-all draw at Peterhead last weekend.

Soon to face a year-long transfer embargo, Rangers manager Ally McCoist is desperate to bring in more recruits.

Dean Shiels, Francisco Sandaza, Kevin Kyle, Ian Black and Brazilian defender Emilson have all joined this summer as the Rangers boss looks to maintain a squad strong enough to climb back up the system.

Rangers have lost 24 players since last season.