Rangers’ away woes in the Third Division continued as Brian Allison’s early strike saw Ally McCoist’s side fall to defeat at Stirling Albion.
It continued a miserable run for the Ibrox side away from home as they have yet to record a victory in the league so far this season.
The home side made two changes with Jamie McCunnie dropping out and player-manager Grieg McDonald being unavailable due to getting married today, while his opposite number McCoist brought back the experienced pair of Ian Black and Dean Shiels for Kyle Hutton and Kal Naismith.
Stirling Albion took the lead within the first ten minutes as a corner from the left wing by Daly McSorley wasn’t dealt with by the Rangers defence and allowed Binos skipper Allison to fire home from close range.
McCoist’s side took control after going behind, but couldn’t find the equaliser when Fraser Aird crossed the ball from the left wing onto the head of Lee McCulloch, but his effort smashed off of Sam Filler’s goal and eventually away from danger.
The visiting fans were calling for a red card halfway through the half, as Steven Weir went in hard on Rangers keeper Neil Alexander, leaving the stopper in a heap, but referee Bobby Madden only deemed that the challenge only merited a yellow card.
Rangers continued to pressure, with Anestis Argyriou, McCulloch and Black having chances, but none of them could find a way past keeper Filler in the home goal.
The Ibrox side opened the second half on the front foot as firstly Black, then Shiels had chances to get them back on level terms, but on both occasions their efforts were thwarted by the Stirling Albion rearguard.
The chances continued for the visitors with Sebastian Faure seeing a header from a corner swung in from the left by Black being cleared off the line by Marc McCulloch, then Fraser Aird then an effort on goal saved by substitute keeper Mark Peat, who replaced Filler at the break.
Stirling Albion had a couple of efforts to extend their lead as the result of Rangers errors, but on both occasions, Jordan White and Steven Weir both failed to connect properly with efforts and the visitors were let off the hook.
Rangers could have gone level as substitute Barrie McKay picked up the ball from a Shiels pass, but the young winger’s effort went just over the Stirling Albion bar, much to the relief of the home support.
The visitors continued to pile on the pressure, but efforts from McCulloch and substitute Kevin Kyle were saved by Peat, as the Binos managed to hang on and hand Rangers their first defeat in the Third Division.