The Raith wingers who ruled Ibrox - 56 years apart

Raith winger Grant Anderson leaves Scotland cap Lee Wallance in his wake at Ibrox on Sunday. Pic: Fife Photo Agency
Raith winger Grant Anderson leaves Scotland cap Lee Wallance in his wake at Ibrox on Sunday. Pic: Fife Photo Agency

Back in 1959, Jim Baxter inspired Raith Rovers to a famous 3-2 win away over Rangers.

On Sunday, after a 56-year wait, it was the turn of another winger to light up Ibrox as Raith recorded a historic away win over the Glasgow giants.

Grant Anderson’s performance was one of a thoroughbred as he galloped up and down the Ibrox pitch for the full 90 minutes, making significant contributions in both attack and defence.

While the former Hamilton winger may not be blessed with the level of technique and skill that made Baxter one of Scotland’s all-time greats – very few footballers are – he showed remarkable fitness levels, determination and running power to be one of the stand-outs of Sunday’s Scottish Cup upset.

“I just try to compensate for other parts of my game,” Anderson told the Press.

“I’m not that good with the ball in tight areas - I’ll admit that myself. I like opening my legs up and running with the ball.

“I can get back and help the defenders as well. Maybe some wingers don’t want to do that side of the game but I can do it, whereas I can win headers and stuff.

“You’ve just got to play on the good parts of your game, and the last couple of times I’ve been here I’ve done well.”

While much was made of Rangers failings on Sunday, Anderson hopes that Rovers get the credit they deserve for their performance.

“It was an incredible effort from all the lads,” he said.

“We didn’t want to come here and concede early like we did the last time then it runs out another 4-0 or 6-1 scoreline.

“The way we’ve been playing in the last five games we just didn’t think it was possible so we took a bit of belief from that.

“We grew in confidence as they game went on and I’ll stick my neck out and say we thoroughly deserved it.

“For people to turn around and say how bad they were wouldn’t be fair.

“We played well – you can’t come out with so many good performances and a man of the match and not play well.

“We understand what it’s like in Glasgow with Rangers being a massive team and all the focus is on them.

“But we know that we did ourselves proud.”

Rovers manager Grant Murray described Sunday’s 2-1 win at Ibrox as one of the highlights of his career.

“Regardless of what is going on at Rangers, to go there and put them out the Scottish Cup, what an achievement and feeling it is,” he said.

“It was a massive game, and we wanted to go there with a belief that we could put Rangers out and get into the next round.

“Whether the right credit has come our way or not, it’s not what we’ll look back on.

“We’re just looking forward to another massive Scottish Cup tie up at Inverness in the quarter-finals.

“Clubs like ourselves don’t get there season in, season out, so we’ve got to make the most of it.”

Murray was also pleased to give the 200 Rovers fans who travelled to Ibrox a day to remember.

“I’m delighted for the fans who went through, especially after our last trip to Ibrox,” he said.

“I never even got a chance to go over to them because I was right in to do BBC and radio.

“I appreciate them coming through and what the players gave them on Sunday was great.

“To have that backing when there weren’t many Rangers fans in the ground really helped us on the day.”