With chairman Walter Smith and chief executive Craig Mather in attendance the Light Blues, wearing black armbands in memory of former director Jack Gillespie and former manager Davie White, put in an impressive display against a good side that showed plenty of flair going forward.
Rangers fans got a 17-minute glimpse of Peralta in action after he replaced Robbie Crawford in the second half and although it wasn’t enough time for the Honduran to have an impact it was another positive for manager Ally McCoist after his side had recorded their fourth clean sheet on the bounce.
Mohsni was again rock solid and hit the bar with a header in the first half while Nicky Clark’s work-rate and desire to do well at his new club was there for all to see.
But overall this was a great work-out for the entire squad and the fans that turned up to take in the action, including plenty of armed forces personnel from the Princess Royal Barracks, certainly enjoyed the occasion and got their money’s worth.
On a beautiful night in North Rhine-Westphalia McCoist made three changes to his line-up for kick off with Robbie Crawford, Ian Black and McCulloch replacing Andy Little, Kyle Hutton and Jon Daly who all started against Bristol.
This trio were listed amongst the subs along with Peralta but Gutersloh, wearing greens and white, flew out the traps quickly and within 30 seconds of the kick-off their lively number nine Vadin Thomas’ close range volley went over the bar after positive play on the left wing from Julius Eckert.
With three minutes on the clock Steven Smith was then left hurt on the turf as Rangers pushed forward with intent. Lee Wallace’s powerful run resulted in a cut back to Nicky Law but his right-foot shot from inside the 18 yard box was blocked.
It was end-to-end stuff early on and in the next attack Janis Kraus made his way into the Gers six yard box but Cribari was there to make a sliding block.
On 14 minutes Rangers had the ball in the net and it was Clark who thought he had bagged his first goal for the club. Unfortunately the ref had already blown his whistle believing the striker had fouled Gutersloh’s keeper Michael Joswig.
It was a harsh decision but on 18 minutes the deadlock was broken. Smith’s dangerous corner was flicked on by Mohsni and McCulloch was there to slot the ball into the empty net at the back post.
Gutersloh then had an almost identical opportunity to score when Kraus’ corner made its way through to Thomas but he somehow headed the ball straight at Bell when it looked easier to score.
After a brief water break Rangers continued to look dangerous and Mohsni was unlucky when his powerful header from Ian Black’s cross smashed off the crossbar.
It was proving to be an entertaining game and on the half hour mark the home side should have levelled with the best move of the first half.
Gutersloh’s towering right winger Lars Beuckmann cushioned a beautiful pass in to playmaker Kraus who spun around Cribari. But with only Bell to beat he inexplicably waited for Lee Wallace to dive in to produce another trick and the defender won the ball.
Rangers though were looking sharp and Clark was unlucky when an explosive burst of pace took him into the 18-yard box but his right foot shot went wide and there was no further scoring before the break.
Into the second half and with Kyle Hutton taking the place of Ian Black it was the young midfielder who produced a great cross for Clark but his glancing header was tipped around the post acrobatically by Gutersloh’s keeper.
With an hour played McCoist made three more changes with Fraser Aird, Andy Little and Jon Daly going on for Smith, Clark and McCulloch as conditions started to cool within the Heidewaldstadion.
Rangers, however, kept the tempo high and on 67 minutes Daly blazed a shot over the bar after Little had skipped past a defender on the left wing to provide the assist.
With 17 minutes remaining the moment the Rangers fans had waited for arrived as they got their first chance to see Peralta in a blue jersey. The Honduran replaced Crawford and looked calm and composed when he got the ball playing on the right wing.
At the final whistle it was perhaps surprising more goals hadn’t been scored given the number of chances created but as both sets of players left the pitch they received a deserved standing ovation from the fans in the ground.
RANGERS (4-2-2): Bell; Foster, Mohsni, Cribari (Gasparotto 73), Wallace; Crawford (Peralta 73), Black (Hutton 46), Law, Smith (Aird 60); Clark (Little 60), McCulloch (Daly 60)
Subs Not Used: Gallacher (GK), Faure, McAusland
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