Blue toon ready for rangers

A previous encounter sees Ross Smith clear from Francisco Sandaza.

A previous encounter sees Ross Smith clear from Francisco Sandaza.

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Peterhead will be aiming for a repeat of their most recent trip to Ibrox after the League Cup first round draw handed them a money-spinning away tie against Rangers.

Jim McInally’s side claimed a memorable result on their last visit to Govan in April 2013, where goals from Scott Ross and Rory McAllister sealed a historic 2-1 league win.

The upcoming cup tie will be new Rangers manager Mark Warburton’s first competitive match at Ibrox, which should ensure a big crowd, and a bumper pay-day for the Blue Toon.

Nat Porter, Peterhead’s general manager, says the whole club is looking forward to another great day out in Glasgow - and the prospect of another famous victory.

“It’s a great draw for the club but it will be a very difficult game at Ibrox,” he said.

“Rangers will want to put on a good show for their new manager and will have new faces in the team.

“But I’m sure we will have some new players in ourselves and they will all be fired up for the tie.

“It’s also a good financial boost for the club as the gate is split between the clubs, although I’m sure the manager might have preferred to be drawn against a team from lower down the leagues.

“In saying that, we beat Rangers the last time we played them at Ibrox - 2-1 in April 2013 - so we won’t go their with any fear.

“I’m really looking forward to it and I’m sure the Peterhead fans are too.”

Travelling fans should note that the date for the League Cup trip to Ibrox has been changed to Sunday, August 2, with a 3pm kick off, in order to avoid a clash with Celtic’s home match against Ross County on Saturday, August 1.

Buses for the Rangers match will leave Balmoor at 9am with prices set at £25 for non Supporters Club members, £20 for members and £10 for concessions (under 16s or over 65s).

Meanwhile, Peterhead will welcome Aberdeen FC to Balmoor on Saturday, July 18, when they play them in the Scottish Week Challenge Cup with a 2pm kick-off.