SOME 600 Sons fans travelled to Ibrox to watch Dumbarton take on Rangers, and it was not the happiest of afternoons.
A constant volley of abuse and taunts from some juvenile home fans sitting beside where the visiting fans were located spoiled the first half. Youngsters were frightened, a cigarette lighter was thrown at them, and this led to two parents complaining to the stewards and taking their four boys away at half-time.
On the field Sons started brightly and created a couple of chances, but once the home team got into their stride there was only going to be one winner.
Rangers skipper Lee McCulloch drove home a Lewis MacLeod corner to make it 1-0, and just before the half hour the home side made it two when Darren McGregor latched on to a through ball and beat Danny Rogers.
Fifteen minutes into the second half Nicky Clark made it 3-0, and then two own goals followed — the first from Chris Turner and the second a Bilel Mohsni header which gave the visitors some consolation. Rangers also had a goal disallowed, and overall 4-1 was probably a fair result.
Dumbarton have made a poor start to the SPFL Championship with three defeats, and sit at the bottom of the table. They will be hoping to get their first points on the board at home to Livingston on Saturday.
The picture shows Mark Gilhaney lining up a shot.