Stranraer boss Stevie Farrell has said his players did well to frustrate Rangers as the League One side put in a credible Scottish Cup performance.

Farrell’s side lost 2-0 to Rangers at Ibrox. Goals from Scott Arfield and Jermain Defoe sealed a win for the home side although many expected the scoreline to be far heavier.

A battling display from Stranraer against Rangers. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Instead, Stranraer stood tall and arguably came away the happier side from Friday’s fixture. Farrell says his ‘excellent’ side frustrated Rangers with their dogged display.

He told the Galloway Gazette: “We worked all week on trying to invite Rangers into wider areas, rather than that central area where they are so dangerous and I don’t think Rangers carved us open many times.


“Overall I thought we were excellent and there’s better teams than us have come here this season and suffered much heavier defeats.

Positives to be found. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“They should be proud of their performance- now the important thing for us is to build on the momentum.”

Stifled superior opponents

Only Brechin City have conceded more goals in the SPFL this season than Stranraer. To stifle Rangers on their own turf and limit them to just two goals, one of which was a penalty, is impressive.

A massive pat on the back should be handed to Max Currie. The Stranraer stopper made numerous saves to keep the home side at bay.

A respectable scoreline. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Battling for their League One position this term, this should give Farrell’s team a lift. It shows they can reach high standards when they need do.

Getting even half of these levels in League One would surely bring an upturn in league results, having won just two league games all season.

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