Rangers draw Third Division opener

Rangers endured a difficult start to life in the Irn-Bru Third Division as they were forced to scrap for a 2-2 draw against Peterhead in an historic match for the Ibrox club.

Youngster Barrie McKay opened his Rangers account with what should have been a goal to savour, before second half goals from Rory McAllister and Scott McLaughlin saw the home side surge into the lead.

But Andy Little grabbed a late equaliser and a share of the points for Ally McCoist’s men.

The match at Balmoor was the first ever league fixture played by the Glasgow giants outside the top flight of Scottish football.

Rangers were forced into the bottom tier after the club was consigned to liquidation in the summer and lost their place in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League following a vote of the 12 clubs.

Rangers manager Ally McCoist was unhappy with his side’s defending, which he felt cost them three points.

"I was relieved to get a point after the game," he said.

"I thought we defended appallingly to be honest. We didn’t match their aggression.

"If the boys at any time thought this was going to be a cake-walk, they know where they are now."

Peterhead midfielder Scott McLaughlin admits he was slightly deflated with the draw.

"If you get ahead in the game you think you’re going to win it," McLaughlin told Sky Sports One.

"We’re a little disappointed with the result at the end, although before the game we would have taken a draw any day.

"We always knew they were going to come at us a bit but we gave a great account of ourselves and we can be proud."