Financially, the gulf between Rangers and Stranraer could hardly be any wider.

Steven Gerrard's men have spent more than £10million on players this season with Ryan Kent and Filip Helander representing the cash available at Ibrox. Stranraer, meanwhile, are forced to cobble together whatever money they may have just to get to Glasgow on Friday evening for their Scottish Cup tie.

Former club captain Frank McKeown has watched the backroom staff at Stair Park work wonders on less than a shoestring budget year upon year. Now a member of the coaching staff himself, McKeown knows first-hand the difficulties of working with no money.

That's why he was somewhat pleased when his side drew Gers from the hat. To McKeown, money isn't everything. If it were, the defender would be working full-time as a firefighter and not worrying about training a few times a week to earn a few quid.

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The Rangers clash, according to McKeown, will bring enough money into the club to last them two or three years. But not enough for their players to earn a win bonus if they do the unthinkable.

"We're massive underdogs," McKeown said. "A club like Rangers should be beating us every day of the week, unfortunately, but it's a game we're looking forward to as a club. Rangers are probably playing the best football in Scotland right now so it’s probably the biggest task we could have faced.

"We've probably got the second-lowest budget in Scotland so to survive, even in League One, is massive for us. The club have worked wonders for 10 years we've been in that league so a game like this is huge for the club. Not even for the management or players but for the volunteers and fans who go every week. It's massive.

"Believe it or not I had the chairman and vice chairman in my house last night dropping off new training kit, that's the sort of club we are. The sort of money this brings to the club is massive, this will keep us going for two, three or four years, just this game alone.

"The vice-chairman was telling me the plans the club has which are fantastic. Unfortunately, we don't get the fans at our games, logistically where we are as a club it's difficult. So something like this for the club is huge and I believe ticket sales have gone well.

"We don't get a win bonus. As a coaching staff, we obviously don't get anything but as players, you don't get any win bonus at Stranraer. That tells you where we are. Even for a game of this size. The club might turn around after the game but, on Friday night, the players are going out under the impression that we don't get any bonuses for league games. These sorts of things, it's just not feasible at a club like Stranraer.

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"We have the second-lowest budget in Scotland and I mean clubs going down like East Stirling, East Kilbride, Kelty Hearts. All these guys are aiming to be where we are. But in terms of a coaching staff and people behind the scenes, they've worked wonders for what Stranraer have got to keep us where we are. Friday night is financially massive."

A win would do wonders for McKeown and his club but, like money, football isn't everything in his life, either. Having worked as a firefighter for a number of years, the 33-year-old has witnessed some harrowing scenes including his time working at the Clutha Bar disaster in 2013.

That's why, win lose or draw, McKeown will always put football results into perspective. "I’m still in the fire service and I combine that with football," he said. "When you’ve been involved in something like [Clutha], football gets put in its real perspective, definitely."