According to legend, Forres Mechanics FC were founded in 1884 by a group of construction workers living in the shadows of Ibrox Stadium who, having headed north to find work, established their own football team in the town.
Although the club’s website now appears to debunk that old tale as a myth, it is nevertheless a romantic notion that takes on extra significance this weekend as Third Division Rangers come calling in the Scottish Cup second round.
On Saturday, a band of hardy souls will depart from the industrial landscape that is Govan and make the same journey their forefathers reputedly made almost a century and a half before them, only this time they will be going to cheer on their heroes from Glasgow and not the local amateurs from Forres.
For the workers arriving in the Highlands from the industrial heartlands of the Clyde in 1884, it must have been something of a culture shock. For Ally McCoist and his team of relative superstars, the same culture shock is sure to ensue.
Having defeated Montrose in front of more than 45,000 fans at Ibrox last Sunday and then entertained Motherwell in the League Cup in front of a crowd of around 30,000, the surroundings on Saturday will be considerably less illustrious.
The Can Cans, as they like to be known, play at tiny Mosset Park – a ground that can hold less than 1500 fans and seats only 500. That is in contrast to the last time Forres hosted one of Scotland’s big two in 1957 – at a time when health and safety was often a side-issue, 7000 people packed out the old ground when Celtic won 5-0 on cup duty.
Despite being Highland League champions, having won the league for only the second time in their history last season, Charlie Rowley’s side are languishing in 10th place in the 18-team league having won two, drawn two and lost two of their opening six games.
Rangers away form this season has not been good however. They are yet to win away in Division 3 having drawn with Peterhead, Berwick and Annan, and they were held to a 1-1 draw at Brechin in the Ramsden’s Cup at the start of the season, although they did progress after extra time.
That means that the Ibrox men’s only away win to date is a narrow 1-0 win at Falkirk in the Ramsden’s Cup second round in August. Just one win in five on the road is enough to give even the most die-hard Rangers fan the jitters.
And having exited the Ramsden’s Cup to Queen of the South two weeks ago, defeat here is quite simply unthinkable for Rangers.
Defeat is also unthinkable for the bookies, however, who seem unconcerned by the Light Blues mediocre away record and have priced McCoist’s men at 3/100 to win the match, with Forres at a huge 22/1.
The draw, which would surely still represent the greatest result in Mechanics’ long history, is available at 9/1.
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