Posted on August 18, 2012
GLASGOW, Scotland — After missing making some history earlier in the week, U.S. international defender Carlos Bocanegra wound up making some with his Rangers teammates on Saturday.
It wasn’t because of Rangers’ first home game in the Scottish Third Division, a 5-1 triumh over East Stirling.
It was because Rangers attracted 49,118 at Ibrox, a world record for a fourth tier professional team.
The previous record was set in 1961 when 37,774 watched the Crystal Palace-Millwall encounter in the old English Fourth Division.
Long a major force in Scottish soccer, Rangers were relegated from the Scottish Premier League down to the Third Division, the fourth tier, because of financial problems.
Bocanegra, the U.S. captain, missed Wednesday’s 1-0 historic win over Mexico in Mexico City so he could prepare for the season.
David Little was brilliant for the Glasgow side, striking in the 15th, 41st and 73rd minutes.
Photo: Carlos Bocanegra and his Rangers teammates played before 49,118 fans at Ibrox, a world record for a fourth tier pro league. Andy Mead/YCJ
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