What channel is Annan v Rangers on? Kick-off time, TV details, BBC highlights, team news

Rangers make the trip to Galabank to face League Two Annan Athletic in the Scottish Cup fifth round’s biggest mismatch.

After a hectic spell of league fixtures for the Premiership champions, the cup is a change of pace with the Ibrox side facing fourth tier opposition for the second round running.

After easing past Stirling Albion 4-0, they have a slightly tougher test with a trip to one of the best away grounds in Scottish football.

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Annan secured their place in the hat after a topsy turvy win over Clydebank, coming from behind twice to win 4-3 in extra-time with 119th and 123rd minute goals.

Rangers take on Annan Athletic at Galabank this weekend.Rangers take on Annan Athletic at Galabank this weekend.
Rangers take on Annan Athletic at Galabank this weekend.

This is a competition Rangers will be desperate to win having not done so since 2009, while they trail Celtic by seven Scottish Cup wins.

Match details

Who: Annan Athletic v Rangers.

What: Scottish Cup fifth round.

Where: Galabank Stadium, Annan.

When: Saturday, February 12. Kick-off 5.30pm.

Referee: Alan Muir

How to watch

The game is being shown live by Premier Sports which has four channels from £12.99 a month. The broadcasters bought packages for both domestic cup competitions. Coverage begins at 5pm and is also available to stream on the Premier Player. Highlights will be shown on BBC Sportscene on Saturday night at 10.30pm on BBC One Scotland.

Last meeting

The teams last played in the League Cup in 2016 at Ibrox. The home side ran out 2-0 winners thanks to goals in each half with Barrie McKay opening the scoring and Martyn Waghorn grabbing the second. The teams met four times in the league during the 2012/13 season when Rangers were in the fourth tier and Annan managed to get a draw at Galabank and a win at Ibrox. Ally Love and David Hopkirk with the goals to secure a famous win. Andy Little scored Rangers' goal that day.

Team news

Aaron Ramsey and Filip Helander will both start for Rangers when they take on Annan in the Scottish Cup.

Ramsey will make his full debut in the fifth-round tie at Galabank after coming off the bench for two substitute appearances since his loan move from Juventus.

Helander has been out for five months after suffering a knee injury in a game against St Johnstone.

As well as giving Ramsey and Helander game time, the Rangers manager plans on bringing in some fringe players against the cinch League Two outfit.

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The brief on Annan

Since coming into the league 2008, the Galabankies have never been out of the fourth tier. Under manager Peter Murphy they currently sit third in League Two, 14 points behind league leaders Kelty Hearts and four behind Forfar Athletic. Since mid-October Annan have lost just twice in 16 games, both 2-0 defeats to Stenhousemuir. Despite the aforementioned win over Rangers in the league, this is arguably their biggest fixture since replacing Gretna in the leagues. In terms of danger man, striker Tommy Goss will look to unnerve the visiting defence.


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