STEVIE FARRELL was pleased with the efforts of his Stranraer side as they put up a battling display during their Scottish Cup defeat to Rangers.

The League One outfit equipped themselves well for spells at Ibrox as Steven Gerrard’s side had to settle for a 2-0 win on their return to competitive action following the winter break.

It took until late in the first half for Scott Arfield to break the deadlock from a corner, before Jermain Defoe converted from the spot midway through the second period.

Stranraer had little attacking intent as they set out to stifle the Gers but boss Farrell was encouraged by the performance of his part-timers.

He said: “We worked all week trying to invite Rangers into wider areas rather than the centre of the park where they are so dangerous.

“I thought we did that. I don't think Rangers carved us open this evening.

“Ultimately we've lost two goals – one from a second phase on a corner kick and the other from a penalty.

“Over the piece I thought we were excellent. There have been better teams than Stranraer who come here this season and suffered much heavier defeats.”