Rangers star Lee McCulloch hails third division win as his ‘favourite’ title

1 April 2013 11.39am.

Lee McCulloch has hailed Rangers’ Irn-Bru Third Division title success as his favourite championship win yet.

The skipper already boasted a trio of winners’ medals from the Clydesdale Bank Premier League but said yesterday’s triumph tops the lot.

The achievement marks the completion of stage one in the rebuilding process after liquidation resulted in the Ibrox club losing their SPL status and being demoted to Scotland’s basement division in the summer.

Rangers were held to a goalless draw at Montrose in the lunchtime kick-off but Elgin City’s win over second placed Queen’s Park later in the day saw them crowned champions, with their nearest challengers no longer able to catch the Light Blues.

McCulloch said: “There was obvious disappointment after the game, it didn’t flow and we didn’t play as well as we can.

“But to hear on the bus that we were champions was the best feeling in the world. I’ve been lucky enough to win three titles before but I think this is my favourite one.

“I’ve been lucky enough to be captain for this one and it means the world to me and my family. We can only play against the teams we’ve been told to play against but, at the end of it, if you are giving me a winner’s medal I am taking it.

“It really is a dream come true to captain the team and hopefully we can kick on now. This will definitely stay with me for the rest of my life - to captain a Rangers team to win a league means the world to me.”

Ongoing debate over league reconstruction means a question mark still hangs over which division Rangers will be playing in next season.”

If proposals for a 12-12-18 structure are pushed through for the start of next season, they would remain in the bottom tier, albeit the timeframe for a potential return to the top division would remain the same.

It is a scenario manager Ally McCoist is strongly opposed to.

He said: “What I would like to happen would be promotion for our club having won the title.

“The players and the fans absolutely 100% deserve that. It looks as though it will be SFL2 which is absolutely fine because the rules were made at the start of the season.”