McCulloch sorry after Stirling loss

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Lee McCulloch has revealed his disappointment at the shock defeat to Stirling
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Lee McCulloch has revealed his disappointment at the shock defeat to Stirling

Skipper Lee McCulloch has apologised to supporters after Rangers crashed to one of their worst ever results.

The Light Blues travelled to Stirling Albion on Saturday hoping to finally secure an elusive first away win in the Irn-Bru Third Division. Instead, they suffered their first league defeat of the season against a side who headed into the clash at Forthbank bottom of the table.

Rangers are struggling to adapt to life in Scottish football's bottom tier, especially gruelling matches on the road, and McCulloch conceded their efforts have simply not been acceptable. He said: "We owed a result to the fans, who turned up and made it another sell-out. We can only apologise to them."

McCulloch continued: "We've got a lot of new players, a lot of young players, a couple of foreign players who don't speak English. But that's all excuses, isn't it? We really need to start picking up points now for the fans as well as ourselves. It's not acceptable so we are going to have to respond to it.

"We owe it to the fans, we owe it to ourselves, we owe it to the management and we owe it to everyone at the club. Drawing away from home at a club like Rangers isn't acceptable and, after getting beaten away from home, hopefully everyone knows now that it can't happen again."

Brian Allison grabbed the only goal of the game early on to hand victory to a side who had suffered five league defeats in a row. McCulloch added: "I wouldn't say we are embarrassed. They worked harder than us and they had one chance and it was a poor goal for us to lose. We are obviously disappointed.

"We wanted it to be the day that we got the away win that we have been looking for since the start of the season and it hasn't come yet. At half-time and full-time there was anger but there is nothing we can do about it now. It's in the past now."

When asked if the result piled the pressure on boss Ally McCoist, the captain replied: "I don't know about that. We wanted to go out and get that result for him and it wasn't to be. All we can do is go into the next game and try to win that game for him.

"He was the same as the boys - just disappointed. I wish we could put our finger on what's actually wrong.

"I don't think it's attitude. Maybe they just defended a bit better than us so we didn't get three points."

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