Rangers fan David Gray admits he experienced extreme highs and lows on Saturday as he scored against his Ibrox heroes.
The Montrose midfielder, from Whitehills, admitted it was a dream come true to find the net against Rangers but he was left totally deflated at full-time as Ally McCoist’s men came away with a 4-2 win.
Lee McCulloch gave Rangers the lead from the penalty spot but Lloyd Young equalised to make it 1-1 at the break.
Kevin Kyle and Dean Shiels gave the visitors some breathing space, but Gray came off the bench after 75 minutes and made an immediate impact as he scored a stunning goal to take the game to 3-2.
An injury time goal from Robbie Crawford sealed victory, but Gray believes the Gable Endies should have taken something from the game.
The 24-year-old told the News: “It was an amazing feeling to score against the team I support and I think every player in the Third Division has dreamed of doing it since we found out Rangers would be in our league.
“It was only my third touch and to score the way I did was pretty special – I wouldn’t mind doing it at Ibrox now.
“But to know I can score against players of their calibre and against a goalkeeper like Neil Alexander is fantastic and it gives you that extra belief in yourself.
“However, we were all absolutely gutted by the end of the game. The boys were so disappointed because we deserved more.
“We matched them and at times we played the better football. Rangers were very direct and keen to put up long balls to Kevin Kyle, but we passed the ball better and should have taken something from the game.”
In the past few weeks Gray has been an unused sub, but now hopes his contribution against Rangers can help him secure a place in the starting line-up once again.
He added: “To go and score a goal like I did when I’ve not been playing for a while can only be good. It’s been difficult not being involved, but we’ve got a strong squad and there’s always competition for places.
“I’ve shown the manager what I can do and maybe I can work my way back into the team. We were unbeaten in eight games before we played Rangers so we need to take the positives and not let our heads go down.
“It’s always hard to pick yourself up after a game like that and when you’ve been playing a big team, but if we apply ourselves as well against the other teams , we’ll do pretty well this season.”