Date is set: Rangers must treat this game as deadline to complete manager hunt
The Scottish FA have confirmed that Rangers will travel to face Highland League side Fraserburgh in the Scottish Cup on January 21 and the club absolute must treat this as a deadline to get in a new manager.
The Gers travel to tiny Bellslea Park in their first match in this season’s Scottish Cup as they look to win their first major trophy since 2011.
Rangers have confirmed the date on their official website.
Fraserburgh’s Bellslea Park has a 3,000 capacity and hosted arguably the greatest Scottish Cup giant-killing of all time when The Broch beat Dundee 1-0 in 1959.
The match could be the first competitive game for whoever is appointed as the next Rangers manager and will be the Gers’ first game back after the winter break, so it is an achievable target to get someone in by then.
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Graeme Murty has been confirmed as remaining in temporary charge until the end of 2017 before the Scottish Premiership shuts down for several weeks.
Despite Fraserburgh’s long-standing involvement in the Scottish Cup, the two sides have never met competitively before and will be the second time in recent years the Gers have faced Highland League opposition in the Scottish Cup after facing Forres Mechanics in 2012.
The Broch are currently third in the Highland League – the fifth tier of Scottish football – with 41 points from 18 games and trail leaders Cove Rangers by six points.
In other Rangers news, Joe Dodoo is set to return to the club in January