Rangers boss Kenny McDowall says sorry after Scottish Cup exit

Rangers fans protest outside the ground
Rangers fans protest outside the ground

Rangers caretaker manager Kenny McDowall apologised to supporters after the troubled club were knocked out of the William Hill Scottish Cup by Raith Rovers.

Rangers’ Scottish Championship rivals secured their first victory at Ibrox since 1959 when former Hearts striker Christian Nade bundled home a 75th-minute winner after Steve Simonsen and Richard Foster failed to deal with Jason Thomson’s driven cross under pressure from Mark Stewart.

The 2-1 victory ended a typically chaotic week at the club, which saw McDowall claim he had been told to start all five loan signings from Newcastle when fit and continued with anger over the board’s decision to host a crucial general meeting to decide their fate at a 500-seat conference room in London.

The unrest saw hundreds gather outside Ibrox before the game to protest against the board and an official attendance of 11,422 inside the ground venting their fury at the players after a disjointed display.

hen asked what his message to the fans was, McDowall said: “Just apologise that we have been knocked out another cup.

“They come to watch their team and they pay good money and it’s our job to get a win on the day and we have failed. So we apologise for that.”