Wednesday 13 November 2019

Little does trick for Rangers faithful

ANDY LITTLE grabbed his first hat-trick for Rangers as they came from behind to beat East Stirling 5-1 in Ibrox's first Third Division game.

The Northern Ireland player's Gers career has been blighted by injury. The Shire took a shock lead through a Paul Quinn penalty after just three minutes. But the hat-trick from Little, a goal on his first start for Francisco Sandaza and a late strike from Lee McCulloch put paid to the visitors.

Rangers boss Ally McCoist paid tribute to the club's fans after 49,118 packed into Ibrox, a world record attendance for a fourth-tier football clash. "It's a statement and really encouraging," he said.

Elsewhere, Inverness manager Terry Butcher said teenage striker Conor Pepper netting a late equaliser against Hearts in their 2-2 draw was a "fairytale".

The Irishman netted in the final minute of added-time for 10-man Caley to claim a point. "He's on peanuts at the club -- and it's a fairytale for him to get the equaliser with the last kick," said Butcher.

Inverness were earlier reduced to 10 men when Dubliner Richie Foran was dismissed before half-time.

Meanwhile, another Dubliner, Gavin Gunning headed Dundee United on their way to a 3-0 derby win over Dundee at Tannadice.

Johnny Russell then scored twice before being sent off.

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