Nearly 40,000 fans packed Ibrox as Rangers made their home debut as a Third Division club by easing aside East Fife in the Scottish League Cup.

Kick-off was delayed for 20 minutes, but it only took another 15 for Lee McCulloch to roll in the opening goal.

It was set up by Dean Shiels, the new signing lofted in the second after 34 minutes and Lee Wallace hammered the third home a minute after the break.

McCulloch fired in after 62 minutes as Rangers cruised into the second round.

Rangers had made four signings this week, but strikers Kevin Kyle and Francisco Sandaza could only make the bench after being introduced to a crowd that was still pouring into Ibrox after the official kick-off time.

Brazilian defender Emilson Cribari was unable to feature as he is still awaiting international clearance and the same problem denied Trinidad and Tobago forward Collin Samuel the chance to face Rangers again following his previous spells with Falkirk, Dundee United and St Johnstone.

Samuel's latest club might have been the seeded team courtesy of their Second Division status, but they were clear underdogs as Ibrox rocked in defiance at the decision to deny their club a place in the Scottish Premier League.

Yet the visitors' David Muir squandered an early chance before the side who will begin their Division Three campaign at the weekend launched wave after wave of attack.

Goalkeeper Michael Brown superbly turned a glancing header from Andy Little round the post and McCulloch headed over.

Those chances came from debutant Shiels' corners and it was the former Kilmarnock man who played McCulloch in for the opening goal.

Shiels and Dorin Goian both went close before the former lifted the ball over Brown to increase the lead after being set up by teenage midfielder Lewis MacLeod.

Gareth Wardlaw had a good chance to pull a goal back shortly before the break, but the former St Mirren and Ayr United striker was leaning back and fired over.

The traffic was back towards the East Fife goal after half time and, when Brown parried a powerful drive from Shiels, Wallace made no mistake with the rebound.

Teenage winger Barry McKay turned provider for McCulloch's second with Ibrox in party mood.

Robert Sloan finally forced Rangers goalkeeper Neil Alexander into a save with a curling free-kick before Sandaza and Kyle made their Rangers debuts as substitutes.

The Fifers denied either a debut goal, but it was Rangers who moved into Thursday's second-round draw, when several SPL sides will be hoping to avoid the unseeded Ibrox outfit.

New East Fife manager Gordon Durie, the former Rangers striker, will have to be content with a bumper pay day from the shared attendance that looked more than the official figure of 38,000.

Rangers manager Ally McCoist : "We have signed, in my opinion, real quality - possibly Kilmarnock's best player last year in Dean Shiels and possibly Hearts best player last year in Ian Black.

"We've got Kevin Kyle and Sandaza, who will be a handful to any defence.

"But we still need to bring more players in.

"I would like another home tie. That crowd tonight was incredible."

East Fife manager Gordon Durie : "Disappointed at the result but delighted at the attitude of my players.

"They can go home with their heads held high.

They are not going to come up against that quality week-in, week-out.

"They can only learn playing against quality like that and, if you make mistakes against a team of that quality, they will punish you."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (6)

Rangers

  • 01 Alexander
  • 02 Goian Booked
  • 03 Bocanegra
  • 04 Broadfoot
  • 05 Wallace
  • 06 McCulloch
  • 08 Black (Hutton - 81' )
  • 09 Shiels
  • 11 MacLeod (Sandaza - 67' )
  • 07 Little
  • 10 McKay (Kyle - 81' )

Substitutes

  • 16 Gallacher
  • 17 Christopher Hegarty
  • 15 Hutton
  • 12 Sandaza
  • 14 Kyle

East Fife

  • 01 Brown
  • 02 Durie
  • 03 Cook
  • 04 Campbell
  • 05 McCormack
  • 07 Johnstone (Brown - 81' )
  • 08 Muir
  • 06 Smith
  • 10 McQuade (Jamieson - 61' )
  • 09 Wardlaw
  • 11 McBride (Sloan - 61' )

Substitutes

  • 21 Collier
  • 12 White
  • 14 Sloan
  • 15 Brown
  • 16 Jamieson
Ref: McKendrick
Att: 38,160

Match Stats

Shots

30 3

On target

15 2

Corners

16 1

Fouls

12 6

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +0:18 Full time

Full Time The match has reached full-time.

88:37

Effort from the edge of the area by Kyle Hutton goes wide of the left-hand upright.

87:45

Kyle Hutton crosses the ball, clearance by Scott Durie. The offside flag is raised against Sean Jamieson. Free kick taken by Kirk Broadfoot.

87:13

Francisco Sandaza takes a shot. Blocked by Scott Durie.

86:34

A cross is delivered by Lee Wallace, Darren McCormack makes a clearance.

84:29

The ball is swung over by Lee Wallace, Dorin Goian produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

84:07

Dean Shiels decides to take the corner short.

82:04

Gareth Wardlaw challenges Kirk Broadfoot unfairly and gives away a free kick. Andrew Little takes the free kick.

80:35 Substitution

Substitution Kyle Hutton is brought on as a substitute for Ian Black.

80:35 Substitution

Substitution Kevin Kyle comes on in place of Barrie McKay.

80:35 Substitution

Substitution Craig Johnstone leaves the field to be replaced by Ross Brown.

79:18

Francisco Sandaza takes a shot. Save made by Michael Brown.

78:36

Craig Johnstone produces a cross, clearance made by Lee Wallace.

77:37

Ian Black takes a shot. Michael Brown makes a save.

76:18

Dean Shiels takes a shot. Andrew Cook gets a block in.

73:56

Free kick awarded for a foul by Carlos Bocanegra on Craig Johnstone. Shot comes in from Robert Sloan from the free kick, save by Neil Alexander.

72:52

Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Dean Shiels.

71:43

Outswinging corner taken by Dean Shiels from the left by-line, Darren McCormack manages to make a clearance. Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Ian Black, Craig Johnstone makes a clearance.

71:27

Centre by Lee Wallace, save by Michael Brown.

70:55

Andrew Cook fouled by Andrew Little, the ref awards a free kick. Andrew Cook restarts play with the free kick.

70:11

Foul by Dean Shiels on Darren Smith, free kick awarded. Darren McCormack takes the free kick.

66:14

Close range header by Andrew Little goes over the bar.

66:14 Substitution

Substitution Francisco Sandaza comes on in place of Lewis Macleod.

66:14

Carlos Bocanegra crosses the ball, blocked by Darren Smith. Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Dean Shiels,

63:21

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Dean Shiels from the right by-line, David Muir manages to make a clearance. The ball is crossed by Darren McCormack, blocked by Dorin Goian.

63:07

The ball is sent over by Andrew Little, clearance made by Darren McCormack.

61:17

The assist for the goal came from Barrie McKay.

61:17 Goal scored

Goal! - Lee McCulloch - Rangers 4 - 0 East Fife Lee McCulloch scores a goal from inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. The Rangers FC 4-0 East Fife.

60:18 Substitution

Substitution (East Fife) makes a substitution, with Sean Jamieson coming on for Paul McQuade.

60:18 Substitution

Substitution (East Fife) makes a substitution, with Robert Sloan coming on for Scott McBride.

60:03

Andrew Little has a shot on goal from outside the area which misses right.

58:42

Andrew Little takes a shot. Blocked by Darren Smith. Outswinging corner taken by Ian Black from the right by-line. A cross is delivered by Andrew Little, clearance by Gareth Wardlaw.

56:20

Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Ian Black, Andrew Little produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.

55:18

A cross is delivered by Lee Wallace, Scott Durie gets a block in.

53:32

Ian Black is caught offside. Michael Brown takes the indirect free kick.

52:20

Lee McCulloch takes a shot from just outside the penalty area which clears the crossbar.

51:23

Ian Black challenges Gareth Wardlaw unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Steven Campbell.

51:15

Centre by Barrie McKay, Steven Campbell makes a clearance.

50:29

Foul by Darren McCormack on Lee Wallace, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Dean Shiels.

48:46

Andrew Cook gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Barrie McKay. Kirk Broadfoot takes the direct free kick.

48:10

Effort by Lewis Macleod from a long way out goes over the crossbar.

47:47

Outswinging corner taken by Dean Shiels, clearance by Darren McCormack.

46:12

Dean Shiels provided the assist for the goal.

46:12 Goal scored

Goal! - Lee Wallace - Rangers 3 - 0 East Fife Goal scored by Lee Wallace from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. The Rangers FC 3-0 East Fife.

45:58

Dean Shiels takes a shot. Save by Michael Brown.

45:01

The match restarts for the second half.

45:00 +1:42 Half time

Half Time The half-time whistle blows.

45:00 +0:20

Darren Smith produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick, Carlos Bocanegra gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Craig Johnstone, save by Neil Alexander. Shot from deep inside the area by Gareth Wardlaw clears the bar.

45:00 +0:20 Booking

Booking Dorin Goian is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.

45:00 +0:15

Unfair challenge on Scott McBride by Dorin Goian results in a free kick.

44:54

Andrew Little takes a shot. Andrew Cook gets a block in.

43:13

Lewis Macleod concedes a free kick for a foul on David Muir. Andrew Cook takes the free kick, Carlos Bocanegra takes a shot. Save by Michael Brown. Andrew Little concedes a free kick for a foul on Paul McQuade. Darren Smith restarts play with the free kick.

40:31

Lee Wallace produces a cross, Lee McCulloch takes a shot. Save by Michael Brown. Carlos Bocanegra gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Scott McBride. Scott Durie restarts play with the free kick.

39:43

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lewis Macleod by Gareth Wardlaw. Carlos Bocanegra takes the free kick.

38:12

Andrew Little fouled by Andrew Cook, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Lee Wallace, clearance made by Darren McCormack. Corner taken by Dean Shiels from the left by-line played to the near post, David Muir manages to make a clearance.

36:37

The ball is swung over by Darren McCormack, Dorin Goian manages to make a clearance. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kirk Broadfoot by Darren McCormack. Neil Alexander restarts play with the free kick.

35:50

Unfair challenge on Gareth Wardlaw by Barrie McKay results in a free kick. Darren McCormack restarts play with the free kick.

33:05

Barrie McKay provided the assist for the goal. Barrie McKay takes a shot. Steven Campbell gets a block in.

33:05 Goal scored

Goal! - Dean Shiels - Rangers 2 - 0 East Fife Dean Shiels finds the net with a goal from deep inside the penalty box low into the middle of the goal. The Rangers FC 2-0 East Fife.

32:36

Ian Black is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Steven Campbell.

32:05

Andrew Little has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the goal.

31:43

Kirk Broadfoot crosses the ball, Darren McCormack manages to make a clearance.

28:22

The assistant referee flags for offside against Lee McCulloch. Michael Brown takes the indirect free kick.

23:44

Corner taken right-footed by Ian Black from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Steven Campbell.

20:41

Corner taken by Dean Shiels from the right by-line, Carlos Bocanegra takes a shot. Blocked by David Muir. Ian Black produces a cross, Dorin Goian takes a shot. Save made by Michael Brown. Outswinging corner taken by Ian Black from the right by-line, Header from deep inside the penalty area by Dean Shiels goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

20:11

Centre by Barrie McKay, save by Michael Brown.

17:08

The ball is swung over by Andrew Little, Effort from deep inside the area by Dean Shiels misses to the left of the target.

15:00

Assist by Dean Shiels.

15:00 Goal scored

Goal! - Lee McCulloch - Rangers 1 - 0 East Fife A goal is scored by Lee McCulloch from deep inside the penalty box low into the middle of the goal. The Rangers FC 1-0 East Fife.

13:59

Lee McCulloch produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.

13:27

The ball is crossed by Lee Wallace, Darren McCormack manages to make a clearance.

12:30

Lewis Macleod sends in a cross.

10:45

Dean Shiels takes a shot. Blocked by Steven Campbell. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Dean Shiels from the left by-line, David Muir manages to make a clearance. Dean Shiels produces a cross, Lee McCulloch takes a shot. Michael Brown makes a save. Outswinging corner taken by Ian Black, Carlos Bocanegra has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.

10:10

Centre by Andrew Little, Darren McCormack manages to make a clearance.

8:41

Paul McQuade is ruled offside. Direct free kick taken by Dorin Goian.

7:15

Unfair challenge on Scott McBride by Kirk Broadfoot results in a free kick. Darren Smith restarts play with the free kick.

6:53

The ball is sent over by Lee Wallace, clearance by Steven Campbell.

6:01

Foul by Dorin Goian on Gareth Wardlaw, free kick awarded. Darren McCormack crosses the ball in from the free kick.

5:43

Free kick awarded for a foul by Lee McCulloch on Darren McCormack. Michael Brown takes the direct free kick.

2:30

The ball is crossed by Lee Wallace.

0:30

Andrew Little delivers the ball, Craig Johnstone makes a clearance. Lee McCulloch decides to take the corner short. The ball is delivered by Lee Wallace, Darren McCormack makes a clearance.

0:00

The referee starts the match.

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