Raith Rovers vs. Rangers: Ramsdens Cup 2014 Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info

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Raith Rovers vs. Rangers: Ramsdens Cup 2014 Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info
Filip Horvat

The final of the Ramsdens Cup takes place on Sunday, as Raith Rovers take on the fallen giants of Glasgow Rangers.

The Challenge Cup game takes place on Sunday, April 6, at the home of Edinburgh's top team Hibernian.

The stadium will be packed to its 20,000 capacity as Rangers look to collect yet another trophy on their drive back towards top-class football.

Rangers are still yet to concede a goal in the competition this season, with Raith competing to be the first club to penetrate the Ibrox club's back-line.

Here are the vital details of the match and how you can catch all of the action:

 

When: Sunday, April 6, at 4:05 p.m. BST/11:05 a.m. ET

Where: Easter Road, Edinburgh, Scotland.

TV: BBC ALBA 

Live Stream: BBC iPlayer (U.K. only)

 

Key storylines

Are Raith Truly Underdogs?

If you consider league positions, then this match would have a straight forward favourite. Championship side Raith play Rangers from the third-tier of Scottish football but in that statement lies a fallacy. 

Rangers are one of the superpowers of Scottish football, relegated down the divisions for financial issues rather than footballing ones. 

They now look to win their first cup competition silverware since losing their status in the top division.

Raith player-manager Grant Murray has passed comment on Rangers and he knows all too well the task his team faces on Sunday.

Roddy Forsyth of The Telegraph reported on Murray's pre-match words, with him saying:

It’s not the Rangers I played against but they’re still the same club. They’re a massive institution and we do understand that 17,000 of their fans will be there. It’s another cup tie, albeit a final – one opportunity. I don’t want our players looking back saying, ‘If only, if only.’ If they can focus totally on their own jobs – they’re good professionals who do it week in, week out – and prepare in the same way, we have the best opportunity to do it.

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Raith currently lie in seventh place in the Championship table, per BBC Sport, and they only lie six points above Cowdenbeath, who sit in the relegation play-off position. 

Rangers, on the other hand, have rampaged through League One and are untouchable with 29 wins from their 31 games. They will be a Championship club themselves next season. 

A match up against a team from the higher division will not concern them one bit. 

However, BT Sport football commentator Derek Rai warned against complacency for Ally McCoist's men, recently saying they must further improve and cannot underrate the threat Raith poses to them:

Despite all of this, Raith are the outsiders in the final. In a stadium that will be full to the brim with the Rangers faithful, the atmosphere will be hugely intimidating for Rovers and their currently struggling players.

 

Rangers' Injury Problems

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Rangers boss McCoist is waiting on the fitness of several of his squad, but he hopes that Nicky Law should be fit in time for Sunday's final, per BBC Sport.

Midfielder Ian Black and forwards David Templeton, Andy Little and Jon Daly are all doubts for the Glasgow giants, as the squad prepares for action.

Raith Rovers midfielder Joe Cardle was frank of his team's chances against a strong Rangers team, but he is excited about the prospect of the game.

He said, per BBC Sport:

We can't wait for Sunday. We have been practising penalties as we are prepared for any outcome so we are excited and looking forward to it. Rangers are firm favourites and they should be with the squad they have got but we have a great team as well so anything can happen on the day.

Cardle is correct that his team are inferior to Rangers' side but with the romance of the cup, anything can indeed happen.

It will be a fantastic day for Raith to take on one of the true behemoths of Scottish football, with a trophy waiting at the end of the match for the winners. 

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Rovers will be looking to be the thorn in McCoist's side as he looks to rebuild his football club and once again face Celtic for the biggest honours in the domestic game. 

There is a possibility that Rangers might underestimate Raith but over 90 minutes the Glasgow club should have too much for their humble opponents.

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