Rangers have been confirmed as the Scottish Football League Third Division champions, after their nearest rivals Queens Park were beaten 1-0 at home to Elgin City.
It looked as though Rangers would have to travel to Hampden next weekend to have a chance of securing the title after they drew with Montrose 0-0 at Links Park in the early afternoon kick off, although that all depended on the result at Hampden. With Elgin being awarded a penalty on 57 minutes – which Stuart Leslie scored – it give Elgin all three points over Queens Park, but more importantly for Rangers it signalled their clinching of their first ever Third Division title, some 13 months after they went into administration and subsequently liquidation, before being refused entry into the Scottish Premier League.
The Third Division title is also the first piece of silverware won by Rangers under manager Ally McCoist.
Speaking after Rangers were crowned champions, Andy Little tweeted: “Anybody else feel really strange?! Disappointing again today but I suppose we’ve achieved what we set out to do – may as well enjoy it!”
While Kai Naismith was a tad more ecstatic with the title win: “Yesssssss!! Not happy about the result today but… Glasgowwww rangers championsss!!! Come onnnn.”
With the title now secured, thanks to a 22-year-old Elgin City striker, Rangers will be looking ahead to next season although we do not know yet if it will be the Second Division or the second or third tier within a new look Scottish league setup.
When Rangers and their fans talk about this season and their campaign to get back to the top tier of Scottish football – they talk about being on a journey. This season the journey was as up and down as the Highlands, next season they will be looking for a much smoother ride.
Rangers will have to wait until the final home game of the season on the 4th May against Berwick Rangers to lift the trophy in front of their supporters.