Annan Athletic 0-0 Rangers: Cairney's men hold firm to deny Gers first away win

The former SPL side's search for their first three-point haul on the road is set to continue after a disappointing first-half display laid the bedding for a below-par performance

Rangers’ search for a first away league win of the season continues following a lacklustre scoreless draw against Annan Athletic in the Scottish Third Division.

A record-breaking crowd of 2,517 watched as the feisty minnows fought manfully throughout before a second-half revival saw the Gers almost snatch all three points.

The signs were not good for Rangers early on as David Templeton took to the floor holding his ankle early on, with no player around him. The former Hearts player remained on the ground for some time before being stretchered off.

Jack Steele almost gave the hosts a lead after the break, running into the fall of a loose ball before breaking through the visitors’ defence and finding himself through on goal, only to drag his shot just wide of the target.

Rangers’ turned the tide with the introduction of Sandaza, whose first piece of action was latching onto a Dean Shiels before forcing an impressive save from Alex Mitchell.

Annan continued to stand firm, though, with Steven Swinglehurst and Peter Watson impressing in defence.

But was again called into action Mitchell denied a powerful Sandaza effort before performing a miraculous last-ditch save from McCullock’s long-range half-volley in the dying seconds of the game.