Never mind 'Sell-out Saturday' - this is 'Sold-out Saturday' Snipes Green

Francisco Sandaza of the Rangers attempts a shot at goal past East Stirling's Rhyss Devlin (front) during the Scottish Football League division three match at Ibrox stadium in Glasgow.

Rangers chief executive Charles Green addressed fans ahead of kick-off, making reference to a campaign to sell out Scottish Premier League grounds last week.

He told the Ibrox crowd: "Never mind 'Sell-out Saturday' - this is 'Sold-out Saturday'. That's testament to the passion, loyalty and commitment shown by the Rangers support and we thank you all."

Rangers manager Ally McCoist also paid tribute to the troubled club's fans after 49,118 packed into Ibrox to watch Saturday's 5-1 thrashing of East Stirling, a world record attendance for fourth-tier football.

"It was quite unbelievable really," said McCoist. "I looked out of the office at 1:30 today and Edmiston Drive was chock-a-block.

"It was fantastic. It's a statement and it's really encouraging.

"When you're getting support like that from the fans, you can only go one way and we must go forward."

The Glasgow club, demoted to the Scottish Third Division following its liquidatation, marked its first home game in the bottom tier in spectacular fashion.

Rangers smashed the previous record crowd at that level - set in 1961 when 37,774 watched Crystal Palace's English Fourth Division clash against south London rivals Millwall..

Oh, there was also the small sideshow of a game taking place at Ibrox with the home side emerging victorious 5-1 after going behind 1-0 to a penalty by the visiting side.

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