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Ibrox team will still be Trout of this world says Alan.

Byline: Gordon Waddell

Alan Trouten has played in every division in the SFL but never thought he'd see the day when he would take on a Rangers side that were in a league beneath him.

The former Queen's Park, Clyde, Airdrie and Ayr ace will make his Brechin debut at a rammed Glebe Park today, knowing the world will be watching a little bit of history.

But despite the Ibrox newco starting out on the bottom floor of football, he refuses to believe his Second Division outfit will be facing anything other than a top-flight side.

The 26-year-old midfielder said: "I've been keeping an eye on who they've fielded in their closeddoors games and they still have seven or eight internationals playing.

"No one quite knows who they'll have in as trialists either but even their fringe guys like Kyle Hutton and Darren Cole have played in the Champions League. They're a Third Division side in name only.

"Even that's incredible though. If you'd said five or six months ago that would be the case no one would have believed it but it's real now."

Brechin's board were left nervously waiting until 42 hours from kick-off before finding out if the game would go ahead or not.

With programmes printed, hospitality sold and a sellout crowd, the last thing they wanted was a bye and newco Rangers denied a licence.

Boss Jim Weir, though, was more interested in football than finance.

Trouten said: "The gaffer was making us train as if there was a game on. We couldn't afford to think for a second it wouldn't be.

"We were training on Friday night - we must have been the only 20 guys in the UK not watching the Olympics."

Trouten only put pen to paper at Brechin two weeks ago. Now he's hoping the TV clash with Rangers can make up for the disappointment of the last time he found himself on the big stage when Ayr lost to Kilmarnock in the semis of the League Cup at Hampden in January.

And he confessed: "Everything about that run, that day, was perfect - apart from the result.

"It was a great experience and I'm sure this will be the same.

"I've never faced Rangers and it will be the same for most of the lads so we'll try to make it count."


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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jul 29, 2012
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